Archive for March 2017

The CEWA bots are coming

CEWA is working with Microsoft to create a chat bot that will act as a virtual information assistant on the CEWA main website. The CEWA chat bot will be able to answer questions such as, “When is the next professional learning event?” or, “What accreditation units are running this term?” How handy! According to Microsoft’s…

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Let’s talk about Sway

When we turn CEWA 365 on for all in less than two weeks, you could do worse than giving Sway a burl. Sway is a beautiful tool for presenting multimedia texts. It works brilliantly for teachers making and sharing content, and it turns flat student projects into engaging presentations. Sway allows diverse students to quickly…

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How can your school prepare for April 3?  

The week beginning April 3 represents a milestone for CEWA. Staff identity changes from surname.firstname@cathednet to preferred-name.surname@cewa.edu.au and the whole system gains access to CEWA 365 and its power apps: Sway, Forms, Planner, Curiosity Academy and OneNote. Teams is just around the corner, too. The CEWA technical team will contact your school to identify the…

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Virtual Schools connect for real  

Last week the CEWA Virtual Schools Network (ViSN) kicked off a two day love-in to design interactive ATAR courses. Leading the charge were Nagle Catholic College’s Meredith Roe and Dr Cathy Cavanaugh, CEWA’s Head of Learning, Leadership and Research. Participants were excited to participate in the professional development and looked forward to sharing these learnings…

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Digital Technology Leaders light up Twitter

The 115 Digital Technology School-Based Curriculum Leaders lit up Twitter last Tuesday as they shared innovative practice and learned more about their role as LEADing Lights exemplars. Module 1: An Introduction to LEADing Lights, Exemplary Practice and Curiosity Academy was a big hit with attendees. “I got so much out of the day… I am…

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Can I have an Apple with that? Your FAQs answered…

Walking the halls of CEWA central office, quietly minding my own business, I ran into an enthused principal. “What’s the go, mate?” the principal said with a distinctly Australian drawl. “Apple or Microsoft?” Apple vs. Microsoft, Ford vs. Holden, Dockers vs. West Coast: polarising questions. Honed by years of parent teacher interviews, I dodged the…

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115 Digital Transformation LEAD Educators Changing CEWA

The LEADing Lights team has morphed into an army of more than 100 Digital Transformation LEAD Educators (DTLEs), to meet on Tuesday 14 March for their first of four days of intensive professional development. Evolving from the Key Teacher Digital Learning and Technologies program, the DTLEs are a vibrant community of committed teachers who love…

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CEWA Email Migrates East for Autumn

While you sleep, school inboxes are making the transition from the old data centre in Perth to the enterprise Azure cloud. Fourteen schools a night are making the flight. It may not seem like a big deal at first but email migration is the foundation of a host of digital structures and services enhancing teaching…

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Is your school April-3-ready?

If you’ve ever built a house, you’ll appreciate that things progress in stages. The foundations are laid, the walls and roof are assembled, the plumbing and electrics go in and finally the house is fitted out. Analogously, from April 3, we, as a System, will be peering through the front door of our new digital…

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How Teams is Transforming Teaching, Learning and Productivity

A pilot group of users across CEWA have been exploring the brand new Microsoft app called Teams. Teams was showcased at the Leaders’ Forum in February. Teams is a conversation-centred workspace that brings people, conversations, files, tools and project management together in one place by assisting teachers and administrators to share their work in a…

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