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May 2016

May 2016 IT Survey

Complete the Kindergarten IT Program Survey by June 3rd 2016 & your kindergarten could win an OSMO!

Survey Online:

http://kindergarten.vic.gov.au/survey_2016.html

IT 2016 Survey on paper:

http://kindergarten.vic.gov.au/survey/KITP_Survey_May_2016.pdf


Submissions close June 3rd 2016. One submission will be selected randomly and the winning kindergarten will be announced early July.

What's an Osmo?


May 2016

New Mail Server is coming!

We're excited to let you know that if you have a mailbox @kindergarten.vic.gov.au then we are building a new mail server with updated features, security and performance. The new server will come online on Wednesday 8th June 2016. You don't have to do anything right now but we'll let you know by email what will be happening closer to this time. You can also find out more at our dedicated mail server upgrade project page. Read more...


April 2016

Tip - How to check your WiFi security

To accompany our previous tip, guideline to protect your Wi-Fi network, we have created a tip on how to check your WiFi security.

Refer to our Tip – How to check your WiFi security


March 2016

Tip - Guideline to protect your Wi-Fi network

A wireless network (Wi-Fi) is a great way to be anywhere in your Kindergarten and connect your internet service. But it’s important to be aware when your wireless network is open to unauthorized use.
Just like the security lock on the kindergarten front door, the Wi-Fi network should be protected using a strong password. This is to prevent unauthorised access to your network and in turn, into to your confidential or personal files on computers or on a shared drive.
If the Wi-Fi connection is left open without password, anyone can connect to your Wi-Fi and access your data or degrade your connection speeds (refer to tip #3 for how to check).

Refer to our Tip – Guideline to protect your Wi-Fi network


March 2016

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Happy Easter Holiday

Please note that the IT support will be closed on Friday 25th March and on Monday 28th March 2016. IT Support service will resume on
Tuesday 29th March 2016 from 9AM.

IT Tips for a break…

Perform a file back up

Refer to our Tip - Perform a file back up

Prepare IT Equipment

Just before you leave for the holidays, shut down the computer and turn off the screen.
For all electronic devices including your Internet modem, switch off and unplug at the wall,
this saves electricity and may prevent possible power surge damage to equipment if there is a storm.

Refer to our Tip – Surge Protection


February 2016

Tip – Scam email & fake websites

Important information for all Victorian kindergartens

Further to our alerts regarding Cryptowall virus, many email users are being lured to sites such as fake Australia Post websites.
At a glance these sites appear legitimate but attempting to use the services will lead to downloading the CryptoWall virus.

Click here for...Tip – Scam email & fake websites


February, 2016

New Classroom Courses for early 2016

In early 2016 we are focusing on delivering training for both administration staff and teachers.

Application forms have been sent out to all Kindergartens on the program. But you can also register right here on our website.

When is it on?

Febuary, March, April, May & June classes are open for booking.
Refer to our schedule for specific times and places

Who are the courses for?

The training is available to kindergarten directors, teachers, assistants and committee members. Classes are provided free of charge and delivered in small groups of 10 people in face to face classes.
All training is provided free of charge

How to Apply

To enrol fill out the Paper Enrolment Form click here

OR to enrol online visit:elearning.kindergarten.vic.gov.au


January, 2016

Welcome back to 2016!

A new round of IT training will be available for booking in early February 2016.

The face to face sessions will be covering topics including; iPads, Children's Portfolios, KIM and Building a website using WordPress.

We wish you a successful 2016/


December, 2015

Preparing for the Christmas holiday break

It’s time for the holiday break. Before you go it’s a good idea to perform a file back up and prepare equipment to reduce the risk of damage and loss of data.

Perform a file back up

Refer to our Tip - Perform a file back up

Prepare IT Equipment

Just before you leave for the holidays, shut down the computer and turn off the screen. For all electronic devices, switch off and unplug at the wall, this saves electricity and can prevent a possible power surge or damage to equipment if there is a storm.


September, 2015

New Classroom Courses

The Kindergarten IT Program is delivering a new round of IT training and professional development sessions in Melbourne, Geelong, Mildura, Shepparton and Warrnambool.

When is it on?

September, October, November & December classes are open for booking.

Who are the courses for?

The training is available to kindergarten directors, teachers, assistants and committee members. Classes are provided free of charge and delivered in small groups of 10 people in face to face classes.
All training is provided free of charge

How to Apply

The 2015 round of training is now closed


June, 2015

New! Introduction to KIM – 801 - (e-Learning)

What you will learn

This online course provides an introduction to the Kindergarten Information Management system (KIM).

Participants will learn how to;

• Navigate KIM, to become familiar with the web-based Menu items and forms
• Add and update information about the service provider, service, workforce, children and funded kindergarten program
• Submit data about the funded kindergarten program through the confirmation process
• Complete the process to apply for Early Start Kindergarten funding • Practice and perform troubleshooting on common tasks.

Find out more on our Training Page


June, 2015

Tip – Photo editing with Picture Manager (video tutorials)

Picture Manager is included in Microsoft Office Suite and can manage, edit, share and view your pictures from where you store them on your computer.

In the following video tutorials you will learn how to open Picture Manager to view your pictures and use the editing tools to adjust:

• brightness and contrast
• colour
• crop
• red-eye removal
• resize your picture

Click here for...Tip – Photo editing with Picture Manager (video tutorials)


June, 2015

Tip – Create Vic modern cursive script with dotted lines

In this tip you will learn how to...

1. Download our template ‘Vic modern cursive script with dotted lines
2. Save the document to your computer
3. Edit the text to create new words
4. Create new WordArt and format the text to have dotted lines

Read more...Tip – Create Vic modern cursive script with dotted lines


May, 2015

Tip – Phishing scams

‘Phishing scams’ or ‘spam’ emails are designed to obtain sensitive information for malicious purposes…
Find out what to look for and best practice to keep your computer and information safe.

Read more...Tip – Phishing scams


April, 2015

Tip – Create a website in Wordpress

Community based Kindergartens are eligible for free Web Publishing through the Kindergarten IT Program.

We offer Wordpress CMS website builder. It’s easy to use, you can choose a theme, add a banner image, change the colours, create & customise pages!

Read more...Tip – Create a website in Wordpress


April, 2015

Website Spotlight
Balnarring Preschool

We put a spotlight on new websites being created and managed by Kindergartens.

Balnarring Preschool Website - Apr 2015


April, 2015

Tip – Search our website

We have loads of useful IT Tips & resources on our website.

Can't find what your'e looking for?

Click into the Search field at the top of our website, type your Keyword(s), e.g. iPad.
Click Search. Search results will appear listing the resources found on our website.


March, 2015

Tip – iPad Apps for Early Learning

We have updated the list of suggested iPad Apps for Early Learning.

Read more...Tip - iPad Apps for Early Learning (updated)


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.

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


October, 2014

Tip – New Portfolio Templates for Word - Australian nature theme

We have created some templates for the creation of 1 or 2 page observation documents in Word

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

We have created some templates for the creation of 1 or 2 page observation documents in Apple Pages.

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