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olscwyn's podcast

Jul 12, 2015


2015 term 1/2 highlights

9 new teachers

375 students

125 students in 3 large open space Learning Centres

LC1 & LC3 > prep-yr3

LC2 yr4/5/6

Rollout of new 130 x Acer C730 ChromeBooks

1 to 1 CB yr 3-6

1 to 2 CB yr 2 > 1 to 1 in 2016


BYO iPad

students use 2 devices concurrently - iPad for research & CB for Google docs etc.

Android apps running on CB's

Sonar from Blue Reef replace zscalar cloud based firewall

linux server @ school - remote access from Blue Reef re any issues raised via a support request / ticket on their web site

proxy server

cache server

student my.sonar report

weekly big picture reports re student activity / usage sent to Principal & ICT co-ordinator 

if necessary can produce an extensive student web activity reporting as required

students need to log into Sonar each morning

Bebras ICT Computational Thinking Challenge

6 winners each received a $20 iTunes card

next round in September

Genius Hour, Discovery time each week

30 students taking part

Scratch coding over 2 terms - theme school core values

courtesy, responsibility, care, respect

2 winners recvd a $20 iTunes card


GoPiGo car from Dexter industries

Raspberry Pi based credit card size computer board

programmable in Scratch & Python code

setup a dedicated wi-fi network called robo-net with a free Xirrus array - XR520

Dual radio 802.11n AP with up to 600 Mbps of total Wi-Fi bandwidth

students log into the GoPiGo with VNC on their CB & create the robot drive program in Scratch etc.

I will build robot & students program it to complete a task.

competition > time to complete an obstacle course etc.

connected Apple TV’s to ethernet data network & gave them static ip addresses for more reliable operation

can update their software @ school now that zscalar is out of the way

Computational Thinking course for Educators from Google

Google Chromecast device

uses 2.4 GHz radio only

v2 will provide a 5GHz radio as well

ethernet connection available via HDMI port



DigiTech by the Bay, Geelong

DigiCon Annual Conference - Swinburne University

GAFE Summit @ Xavier College in September


melbourne Convention Centre

Diversified Communications Australia

New Apple Gold MacBook > 500GB SSD storage, 8GB memory, Retina display, fast  AC wi-fi

USB-C to power, hdmi, normal usb accessory reqd.

Mac programs:


Sophos AV

TeachTechPlay on-line webinar is a monthly web-show challenge. 

Educators are invited to share ideas, lessons & tools they are using.


Every Classroom Matters

Teachers Education Review

TED Radio Hour

The Google Educast

ABC Radio National Education Podcast & EdPod

Using Technology Better


MyEdApp > Learning Platform > web quests > real time monitoring of student progress , side quests

Check out OLSC School video on web page