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November, 2014

Tip –Create a song playlist in iTunes to play on an iPad

The iTunes program allows you to import CDs, manage and play music on your desktop computer.

Once you have imported your music into iTunes you can create playlists of your favourite songs, to suit a theme or particular mood. You can play them on the computer or copy the playlist to an iPad, to play wherever you like.

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November, 2014

Tip - Create an online presence for your Kindergarten

It’s useful to have an online presence for your Kindergarten that provides a quick and easy way for your audience to find you and access information and resources over the Internet.

Here we put a spotlight on two Kindergartens who have created an online presence recently…

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October, 2014

Tip – New Portfolio Templates for Word - Australian nature theme

If you have completed our ‘Create a Children’s Portfolio' course you will be familiar with the idea of a template. A template is a sample document with a predefined layout for images, text and font style. Templates save you time when making several similar documents.

We have created some new sample templates for the creation of 1 or 2 page observation documents. They are all A4, come in both landscape and portrait format and have an Australian nature theme to compliment cultural and environmental learning activities!

Refer to our Tip to download these templates in Microsoft Word...
Tip –Portfolio Templates for Word - Australian nature theme


October, 2014

Tip – New Portfolio Templates for iPad Pages - Australian nature theme

Our ‘iPads in the Kindergarten' course introduces creating portfolio documents on the iPad using Pages.

We have created some new sample templates in Apple Pages format for the creation of 1 or 2 page observation documents. They come in both landscape and portrait format and have an Australian nature theme to compliment cultural and environmental learning activities!

Refer to our Tip to download these templates in Pages on your iPad...
Tip – Portfolio Templates for iPad Pages - Australian nature theme


Oct, 2014

Resource - iPad Apps for Early Learning

In response to our IT Training Survey (June, 2014) where we asked “What iPad Apps do you use in your Kindergarten and what Learning Outcomes do they achieve from the EYLF?”, we have a collated a list of suggested Apps.

Hear feedback from Early Learning Educators on the suggested Apps for use with children and what Learning Outcomes these achieve.

Please note: these are only suggested Apps, this list is not exhaustive nor authoritative. Please check the suitability of these apps for your intended purpose. View customer ratings, reviews, IOS compatibility and more about Apps on the Apps Store; https://itunes.apple.com

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Oct 2014

Website Spotlight

Friend Street Kindergarten

"Both our Committee of Management and staff knew the importance of having an easy to navigate website and that we were missing out on such a valuable communication and marketing tool.

As a newly appointed Administration Officer development of a new website was my first priority."

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Oct, 2014

Tip - Using Internet Search Engines effectively

Anyone can type words into Google and get a list of results, but are they the best results? When you want to find information on the Internet, here are a few tips for searching more effectively, for better results.

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Aug, 2014

Tip - Troubleshooting techniques

Your computer won’t start, the screen goes blank, the program freezes, error messages pop up on the screen and you don’t know why. Sound familiar? Most people have experienced a problem with the computer or will at some point. When a problem occurs, don’t panic! Try these basic troubleshooting techniques to identify the problem.

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Jul, 2014

Kindergarten IT Program
Training Schedule Aug - Nov 2014

The training is open to Kindergarten teachers, assistants and committee members.
All training is provided free of charge and is delivered face-to-face in small groups.

View the New Training Schedule Aug - Nov 2014

To view the course outlines, venues and enrol online visit: elearning.kindergarten.vic.gov.au
OR fill out the Paper Enrolment Form


Jul, 2014

Tip – Lock an iPad into one App

Guided Access is a setting that allows you to temporarily lock an iPad into one App at a time. This is particularly useful if you are using the iPad with children; they can stay focused on the activity and won’t be able to exit the game or access other features of the iPad until you unlock this feature with a passcode.

Note - This Tip is based on an iPad 2 IOS 7, different versions may vary. Guided Access is available in IOS 6 onwards.

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