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15th July 2019

Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (TLDS)

The Online Transition Learning and Development Statement (Online TLDS) will be reopening in Term 3. Similar to last year, the following will be available on the Kindergarten IT Program website shortly to support you in using the Online TLDS:

Furthermore, 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 will also be offered again in 2019. The Online TLDS course 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 when they become available 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



26th June 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.



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.


22nd November 2018

Warning - phishing/spam emails

We are aware of a series of phishing or spam emails that appear to be sent from aat@kindergarten.vic.gov.au or htkadmin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Please do not open the email.

Please delete the email.



12th November 2018

Video - How to compose and send email in webmail

Short video on using webmail covering:

Click the thumbnail or follow the Video link

To access webmail click the Webmail link



7th November 2018

Video - How to log into webmail

Short video on how to log into your email account from any browser

Click the thumbnail or follow the Video link

To access webmail click the Webmail link



26th September 2018

Tip - Google My Business

How to register and verify your kindergarten with Google to help parents

find your service details quickly.

Refer to our Tip - Tip - Google My Business



5th September 2018

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



6th August 2018

Tip - How to save Word document to PDF format?

How to save Word document to PDF format?

Refer to our Tip - Tip - How to save Word document to PDF format?



27th July 2018

Kindergarten IT Program Online TLDS Course Resource

We realise that there are a lot of people could not enroll into our KITP Online TLDS training course due to the limited seats we can offer.

Kindergarten IT Program Online TLDS course resource now can be found by going to our Training page or Download Here (PDF, 5 MB)



19th July 2018

2018 midyear IT survey prize winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the prize draw for our midyear IT survey.

Thank you, we received 108 survey responses (online through our website and at the ELAA conference), all surveys went in the draw to win Storytime Live Books for their Kindergarten and the lucky winner was...Iris Ramsay Kindergarten!

Thank you everyone for taking the time to complete the survey. The feedback is essential to informing how we support the IT needs of Community Kindergartens.



16th July 2018

Online TLDS Introduction video

How to use the new Online TLDS platform? Having difficulties to use the Online TLDS platform? Please refer to our introduction video.



28th June 2018

Online TLDS Login Credentials

Please note: Department of Education and Training will email the Online TLDS login credential to kindergarten's Service Email Address.

If you are not sure about what your service email address is, you can find the information on Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority's website: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/resources/national-registers/services?s=&field_service_id=&f[0]=service_state%3AVIC

If you want to change/update the service email address, you can go to National Quality Agenda IT System's (NQAITS) website: https://public.nqaits.acecqa.gov.au/Pages/Landing.aspx

If you are not able to log into the NQAITS portal, we suggest you to speak to your service manager or contact NQAITS directly via licensed.childrens.services@edumail.vic.gov.au. The timeframe for updating a service email address will likely be 24hrs.



25th June 2018

Online TLDS training

Please note: Due to the high volume enrollment regarding to the new Online TLDS training, we would like to point out again that the training will only cover the basic technology/functionality of the online platform. It is designed for educators with limited IT knowledge or experience. If you are able to use online platforms (for example online banking or online shopping) the user guides, tip sheets and phone help desk is likely to be sufficient.

The training will not provide guidance for educators on completing the content of the transition statement itself.

Please refer to the Department's resources for developing transition statements https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/transitionstat.aspx

If you need to cancel your current training booking, please contact 1800 629 835 or email info@kindergarten.vic.gov.au



20th June 2018

IT skills training in July/August 2018

Topics include: Online TLDS and KIMs.

Face to face training sessions start from 23rd July 2018!

We are offering face to face training for two important online platforms Kindergartens use, the Online TLDS and KIM platform. These courses are available to all registered Victorian kindergartens, which is twice the usual number we offer to. So book in soon to avoid missing out.

Please note: The Online TLDS training does not provide guidance for educators on completing the transition statement itself, only the functionality of the online platform. Please refer to the Department's resources for developing transition statements https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/transitionstat.aspx

Call 1800 629 835 or Book now online