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13th November 2019

Storytime Live Streaming

Tune into our Storytime page to view a regular LIVE VIDEO of State Library Victoria's storytellers & volunteers running Storytime.

We know that not every child can get to their library to participate and we want to share the fun with as many kindergartens as we can.



1st November 2019

The Bushfire Education Website

Developed by the Victorian government, the recently launched Bushfire Education Website is a new resource for educators.

All teaching and learning activities have been aligned to either the relevant Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework outcomes or the Victorian F-10 curriculum.

http://www.bushfireeducation.vic.edu.au



28th October 2019

Melbourne Cup Day Closure

Please note that the Kindergarten IT Project help desk will be closed on Tuesday 5th November 2019.
IT Support service will resume on Wednesday 6th November 2019 from 9AM.



22nd October 2019

Information for primary schools

Access transition learning and development statements for new prep students. For more information, educators can be directed to the Department's Access online transition statements for new prep students information page.



9th October 2019

Reorganised Tips pages

We have reorganised our tips pages into commonly requested topics to make them easier to browse. You can see the changes here: Kindergarten IT Program Tips.

Searching our tips:

Use the Search Our Site tool to the top right. Browse using the categories listed on the menu to the left.

If you can't find an answer or you would like to suggest a tip we should add, please use our Live Chat tool in the lower right corner of the screen.



3rd October 2019

Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Updates to the May 2019 Update (version 1903)

This tip is for people using Windows 10. It explains what the recent updates fix and how to run updates.

This is primarily a security update, although it also fixes a minor bug that causes high CPU usage from SearchUI.exe for a small number of users. This issue only occurs on devices that have disabled searching the web using Windows Desktop Search.

Download this Tip as a PDF


2nd October 2019

Tip - How do I reduce/change video quality in YouTube?

How do I reduce/change video quality in YouTube? Please refer to our Tip - Tip - How do I reduce/change video quality in YouTube?



30th September 2019

Online TLDS platform is NOT a record keeping tool

Essentially each service will have your own policy regarding retention of documents for a child's record. DET has outlined the legislative requirements (Page 5 of Guide to Information sharing ), but services do have freedom within that legislation to make your own policies regarding child assessments.

DET has advised that the Online TLDS should not be used as a record keeping tool, and not relied on to meet kindergartens' document retention obligations - so a copy of the completed TLDS should be maintained as per each kindergarten's service policy.

If you require more information, please contact DET directly via psts@edumail.vic.gov.au



25th September 2019

AFL Grand Final Friday closure

Please note that the IT support will be closed on Friday 27th September 2019.
IT Support service will resume on Monday 30th September 2019 from 9AM.



25th September 2019

Tip - Scam emails targeting kindergartens

Scammers are targeting kindergartens with fake messages with malicious attachments. Please treat all email received from addresses claiming to be kindergartens with the same level of caution as other email.

Our system admin has identified malicious email that looks like it is from another kindergarten. Double check the sender information of all email you receive, even if you are already in correspondence.

Refer to our Tip - Scam emails targeting kindergartens to learn how to spot them.


15th July 2019

Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (TLDS)

The Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (Online TLDS) website is now available. Similar to last year, the following is available on the Kindergarten IT Program website shortly to support you in using the Online TLDS:

Our helpdesk is available Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm if you experience any difficulty or have any questions on how to use the platform.
Optional face-to-face training is available and is designed for kindergarten staff looking for support in completing an online website form.

Please note that the face to face training sessions will only cover how to use the online website and will not cover what to write in a transition statement. The Online TLDS platform is intuitive and most early childhood teachers in 2018 found the video and guide sufficient to complete their TLDS.

We suggest that you review the resources and the online platform before booking onto training. This training is available to kindergarten directors, teachers, and any educators who are responsible for writing transition statements for children as they transition to school. Sessions are provided free of charge and delivered in small groups of 10 people in face to face, three-hour sessions.

You may wish to use the below flow chart (click to enlarge) to decide on whether you need face to face training:

For more information. Please go to our TLDS page



18th June 2019

Cyber Security Tip - Bluekeep: Windows RDP Vulnerability

What is Bluekeep?
Microsoft has advised users that there is a vulnerability within its Remote Desktop Services. Remote Desktop Services allow others to access your computer without physically being at the machine. Cyber attackers can connect to targeted computers and send specially crafted commands. This can happen without you allowing them to do so.

Microsoft Windows users must install a 'patch' to fix this vulnerability. If you are using one of the above Windows operating systems, please click the relevant link below to install the patch.

Windows 7 : https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708

Windows Vista/XP: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4499180

For more information. Please refer to our Tip - Cyber Security Tip - Bluekeep: Windows RDP Vulnerability



4th June 2019

Video - How to empty Trash folder in webmail

Short video on How to empty Trash folder in webmail.

Click the thumbnail or follow the Video link you can find more tips on our IT tips page

To access webmail click the Webmail link



27th May 2019

Video - How to sort mail into threads in webmail

Short video on How to sort mail into threads in webmail.

Click the thumbnail or follow the Video link you can find more tips on our IT tips page

To access webmail click the Webmail link



17th May 2019

IT Survey 2019

Complete the Kindergarten IT Program Survey by June 30th 2019 & your kindergarten could win a Cubetto wooden robot!

Survey online:

https://surveys.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/index.php/335524?lang=en

Survey on paper:

https://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/survey/Annual_Survey_2019.pdf

Submissions close June 30th 2019.
Only staff and volunteers of Victorian Kindergarten IT Program kindergartens are eligible. One submission will be selected randomly and the winning kindergarten will be announced early July.



7th May 2019

Tip - Phishing Scams

What is a Phishing Scam?
Phishing scams are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers. This is usually done by including a link that will take you to a legitimate looking company's website to fill in your sensitive information.

For more information. Please refer to our Tip - Tip - Phishing Scams



7th May 2019

Video - How to preview email in webmail

Short video on using webmail covering:

Click the thumbnail or follow the Video link you can find more tips on our IT tips page

To access webmail click the Webmail link



24th April 2019

Classroom Courses for May 2019

We are launching trials of our new courses, some developed with a focus on ways of using technology with children.

The new pilot courses are:
Technology for Kindergartens - 904
Making creative posters - 903
Using iPads for Creativity - 503
Cloud services and file management - 902

Fore more information, please visit our training page.



08th April 2019

Training in May: Create Portfolios in Word - 301

We are offering two sessions of Create Portfolios in Word course on Tuesday 7 of May at State Library Victoria.
Register your booking on our training page: https://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/traininglinks.html

Overview: Become familiar with basic layout techniques using Microsoft Office Word, then practise adding images, WordArt, text and styles to create a Portfolio template that is easy to modify

Who is the course for: This introductory level course is aimed at Kindergarten and early learning staff who want to improve their skills at creating portfolio documents using Microsoft Word.

Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of how to use Microsoft Word

Our dedicated page for this course:https://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/training/301.html


25th March 2019easter2016

Happy Easter Holiday

Please note that the IT support Helpdesk will be closed on Friday 19th, Monday 22nd and on Thursday 25th April 2019.

Just before you leave for the school break it's helpful to:

  1. 1. Shut down your computer
  2. 2. Switch off the modem
  3. 3. Switch off the power and unplug at the wall socket


19th February 2019

2018 Online TLDS platform closure

DET has advised that the platform for the Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (Online TLDS) will be undergoing improvements in the first half of this year (2019). For this purpose the system will be temporarily closed and therefore unavailable to all early childhood services from 1 March 2019.

Any further questions please contact DET directly via psts@edumail.vic.gov.au



30th January 2019

IT skills training in March & May 2019

Schedule and registration is now available

Face to face training sessions start from 4th March 2019.
Topics include: Introduction to KIM system (Kindergarten Information Management (801) & Create Portfolio's in Word (301)

View our training information and register here:https://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/traininglinks.html

New trial courses

During May we will be trialling a series of new courses focused on technology for learning. We are offering two sessions for each course delivered at State Library Victoria during the month of May.

You can read more about the trial courses and register your interest here:https://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/training/trial.html

Call 1800 629 835 or Book now online


14th January 2019

Welcome back to 2019!

The Kindergarten IT Program welcomes kindergarten teachers, staff and children back for the new year. We are already receiving enquiries about training offerings. A new round of IT training will be available for booking in February 2019.

More information will be provided soon.

We wish you a successful 2019!



4th December 2018

Tip - Business Continuity

Before your kindergarten closes for the Christmas holidays, we have a few IT tips to ensure business continuity.

Refer to our Tip - Tip - Business Continuity



3rd December 2018

Christmas Holiday updates

Please note that the Kindergarten IT Program helpdesk will be closed from 25th December 2018 to 1st January 2019. IT Support services will resume on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 from 9AM.

Just before you leave for the school break its helpful to:

  1. 1. Shut down your computer
  2. 2. Switch off the modem
  3. 3. Switch off the power and unplug at the wall socket

This can stop a possible power surge or damage to your computer if there is a storm and it also saves energy. Post-It note your keyboard - Turn the modem and power back on - to remind staff on return from break.

Webmail

If you want to check your webmail over the break, remember the new webmail is here:
https://webmail.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/

The username is the full email address.