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17th August 2017

Classroom Courses for Aug - Nov 2017

Sessions Commence next week on the 23rd of August. The Kindergarten IT Program is delivering a new round of IT training and professional development sessions in Melbourne, Sale, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Mildura, Hoppers Crossing, Cranbourne East and Glen Waverley!

When is it on?

August, September and October. 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.



15th August 2017

Tip - How to navigate to and download the electronic transition statement?

Having difficulties to navigate to or download the electronic transition statement?

Refer to our Tip - Tip - How to navigate to and download the electronic transition statement?



14th August 2017

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.

More about SLV's weekly Storytime, Play Pod venue and the current theme:

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/storytime

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/play-pod

Feel inspired? Find a public library near you running Storytime programs: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/public-libraries/find-your-local-library



3rd August 2017

Transition Learning and Development Statement (TLDS)

**Important Update: The Online TLDS will undergo an end-to-end trial in 2017 and be available for early childhood services to use in 2018. In 2017, the transition statement will be available electronically or on paper.** See more

The recent updates regarding TLDS are detailed by the Department of Education and Training here: www.education.vic.gov.au/transitiontoschool

You can also find the sample of the new Transition Statement here: www.education.vic.gov.au/transitionstatement

There is also a FAQ page accessible from the URL above but it's direct URL is: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/transfaqs.aspx

To find out more, please visit our TLDS page



14th July 2017

2017 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 125 survey responses (online through our website and at the ELAA conference), all surveys went in the draw to win a brand new iPad mini for their Kindergarten and the lucky winner was...Ness Reserve Pre-School!

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.



4th July 2017

Tip - Password protecting electronic documents

When sending electonic documents via email with private information, you should protect the documents with passwords. Then send the password and the password-protect document separately to the recipient(s). How to create Password-protected Word documents?

Refer to our Tip - Tip - Password protecting electronic documents



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