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14th June 2017

2017 midyear IT survey closing this week!!

Complete the Kindergarten IT Program Survey by June 30th 2017 & your kindergarten could win an iPad!

Completing our survey is a quick and direct way for Victorian kindergartens to update us on ITC needs.

Survey Online:

http://kindergarten.vic.gov.au/survey_2017.html

IT 2017 Survey on paper:

http://kindergarten.vic.gov.au/survey/KindergartenITProgramSurveyMay2017v4.pdf

Submissions close June 30th 2017. One submission will be selected randomly and the winning kindergarten will be announced early July.


5th June 2017

Transition Learning and Development Statement

We have been informed the online TLDS is not due to be released until Term 3. DET has been updating their webpages with information about the new Transition Statement and the online TLDS.

This information is accessible from www.education.vic.gov.au/transitiontoschool

There is also a FAQ page. That's also accessible from the URL above but it's direct URL is:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/transfaqs.aspx

If you have any further enquiries, please feel free to contact Transition to School email address directly which is psts@edumail.vic.gov.au


19th May 2017

Tip - Thinking of changing Telephone Service Provider or Telephone Account details?

Are you thinking about changing your telephone service provider to another company or changing the details of your current telephone account? Sure thing, however, you need to be aware that the ADSL (Internet) connection normally goes along with the telephone line, so changing telephone service provider or current telephone account details sometimes results in internet connection getting cut off without you (or us) being aware of it.

Refer to our Tip - Tip - Thinking of changing Telephone Service Provider or Telephone Account details?



15th May 2017

Warning!!! Ransomeware attack!!!

We are aware that there was a global ransomeware attack throughout the past weekend, we strongly suggest kindergartens to do the following things to avoid any malware attacks and data lost:

1. Remove any emails which looks suspicious, do not download any pdf or any documents which look suspicious

2. Keep your antivirus software up to date

3. Scan using our BitDefender antivirus software. The software is supplied at no cost to the kindergarten and only computers supplied by the Kindergarten IT Program are eligible. Refer to our Kindergarten IT Program antivirus opt-in

4. Back up all your data to an external drive regularly

The ransomeware is called WannaCry. Briefing about WannaCry can be found here: https://ciso.eccouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Wannacrypt-wanncacry-briefing-2b.pdf?utm_source=cisosite

More about the incident:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-14/ransomware-cyberattack-threat-lingers-as-people-return-to-work/8525554
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2017/05/14/australia-possibly-caught-up-in-cyber-attack.html

What is ransomeware?
Ransomware tip



April 2017

Fake FedEx Email!

The kindergarten.vic.gov.au mail server has flagged a fake FedEx email as malicious.

If you do not delete this email, you may lose all your data on your computer.

It has the following subject:Subject: Delivery Status Notification

It contains an attachment called FedEx-Package-ID-xxxx or FedEx-Parcel-ID-xxxx or FedEx-Delivery-ID-xxxx or FedEx-Label-ID-xxxx

If you see this email in your inbox, please delete it immediately.



March 2017

New Classroom Courses for 2017

The Kindergarten IT Program is delivering a new round of IT training and professional development sessions in Melbourne, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Colac and Warragul.

The training is available to kindergarten directors, teachers, assistants and committee members of kindergartens that are part of the Kindergarten IT Program. Classes are provided free of charge and delivered in small groups of 10 people in face to face classes.

When is it on?

March and May. Classes are open for booking.

The courses Offered:

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

To find out more about this classroom training, schedules and registration visit our training page

Or use the paper enrolment form: Click here for Paper Enrolment Form


March 2017

Cyber Security Fundamentals and Privacy - our new classroom course

What this new course offers?

The course is designed to help you to protect your organisation's digital privacy and secure your data online.

You will learn about the current Australian information security obligations and relevant privacy legislation. This session will enable you to be one step ahead of cyber criminals by learning about phishing, email scams, browser highjacking, social engineering threats like tailgating, dumpster diving, and that's just the beginning!

You will be equipped with the skills to shop online safely, manage your passwords and secure your smart phones and computers.

Who is the course for?

This course is for all internet users who want foundation skills in how to be privacy aware and safer online both personally and for your organisation.

To find out more about this classroom training, schedules and registration visit our training page


February 2017

Welcome back for 2017!

The Kindergarten IT Program welcomes kindergarten teachers, staff and children back for the new year. We are already receiving enquires about training offerings.

Please refer to the Training page for our schedule for face to face sessions running through March and continuing into April. New courses feature on Cyber Security & Privacy as well as the KIM online system for funding


16 December 2016

Preparing for the school break

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, or set up and out of office reply, remember the new webmail is here:

https://webmail.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/

The username is the full email address.

Out Of Office Autoresponder

If you want to reply automatically to email with an auto-reply, you can follow this guide to set it up in Webmail:

https://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/mailserver.html#outofoffice


13 December 2016

Getting started with WordPress

Have you just taken over the role of maintaining a kindergarten WordPress website?

Our new Quick Guide to editing WordPress pages will get you started with:

HTML5 version of the Quick Guide to Editing WordPress Pages

Flash version of the Quick Guide to Editing WordPress Pages

Find more resources on our Community Kindergarten Web Publishing Page


8 December 2016

Web Server Upgrade

We are excited to let you know that if you have a website hosted with us, you will now be benefiting from our Web Server Upgrade.

This project has been in development and is now live. The upgrade will improve the security of our hosting and provide new features such as kindergartens sites using encryption called SSL.

If you have a website hosted with us please refer to the FAQ or read more about the upgrade on our-Community Kindergarten Web Publishing Page


27 October 2016

1000 Books Before School

Did you know that reading together is the best way to encourage a love of books in your child?

Sharing stories with babies and young children helps develop literacy skills that will prepare them for reading at school.

Register for 1000 Books Before School to start your reading adventure!

Find out more on the State Library Victoria website


31 August 2016

NEW REPLACEMENT ANTIVIRUS

The AVG Antivirus Business Edition program we have provided since 2013 has now expired.

We are now offering an-opt-in-to Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security for eligible computers.

The software is supplied at no cost to the kindergarten and only computers supplied by the Kindergarten IT Program are eligible.

Refer to our Kindergarten IT Program antivirus opt-in


29 September 2016

Free face to face training in Bendigo, Horsham, Ballarat, Narre Warren and Melbourne!

Welcome back to the final term for 2016. We have training available in Bendigo, Horsham, Ballarat, Narre Warren and Melbourne through October! Check out our timetable here http://www.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/traininglinks.html

Cluster Managers and Kindergarten Directors, if your staff can-t reach these locations contact our Coordinator to discuss further session options in November and December.


15 September 2016

Preparing for the school holiday break

Just before you leave for the school holiday 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.

If you want to check your webmail over the break, remember, username is the full email address and the new webmail is here:

https://webmail.kindergarten.vic.gov.au/

Our friendly staff will be available during the holidays, should you require assistance please contact State Library of Victoria, Community IT Support on 8664 7001 or Free Call 1800 629 835


9 September 2016

Enrol now! iPad training sessions during the term break

Some staff have been unable to arange time to attend our training during work hours, so we are piloting some holiday sessions.

On Monday, 19 September 2016, 10am-4.30pm at the State Library Victoria, Melbourne. Visit our training page at http://kindergarten.vic.gov.au/traininglinks.html


31 August 2016

NEW REPLACEMENT ANTIVIRUS

The AVG Antivirus Business Edition program we have provided since 2013 has now expired.

We are now offering an-opt-in-to Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security for eligible computers.

The software is supplied at no cost to the kindergarten and only computers supplied by the Kindergarten IT Program are eligible.

Refer to our Kindergarten IT Program antivirus opt-in


August 2016

Tip - Ransomware and fake email

Ransomware is a type of malware that makes your data such as documents and photos unavailable. Usually by scrambling (encrypting) the data so it is unusable. Then, offering to unscramble the data if you pay the ransom. Data recovery is not guaranteed after paying ransom.

Refer to our Tip - Ransomware and fake email


August 2016

September and October 2016 classes are open for booking

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

Refer to our schedule for specific times and places on our Training page

We have simplified online enrolment; you can now enrol directly through the schedule!