Professional Development & Targeted Learning

Teacher Professional

In 2020, we are offering even greater professional development opportunities for our partner school teachers to develop their professional practice and networks.

Ongoing co-construction of our core programs is a key element of professional development for teachers, positioning the Tech School as a learning incubator and enabling learning approaches and programs to be implemented in partner school settings.

In addition to our ongoing co-construction of programs, we will be running professional development workshops at the start of each term. These sessions are a prerequisite for teachers booked into our core programs. A workshop schedule will be published ahead of each term.

For pre-service teachers, we have opportunities for work and research placements throughout the year.

To make a booking for, or to enquire about, any of the Professional Learning opportunities below please send us an email at

Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

Who: Beginners
Where: Online via zoom webinar
When: 15 October 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard when it comes to vector graphic editing allowing the user to create drawings, illustrations and various artwork. This workshop is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn Adobe Illustrator as a complete beginner or would like to freshen up on a few essential tools.  

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Who: Beginners
Where: Online
When: 29 October 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer containing a micro-controller and the ability to connect to a range of peripheral components such as lights, speakers, servos (motors); it is a powerful learning tool for coding, electronics and robotics, transforming digital skills learning. It is ideal for introducing students to computer programming and can be easily applied to a wide variety of small projects.

This PD is designed for the complete beginner and we will be using an online simulator and block coding to learn how the fundamentals of computer programming can be combined with micro-controllers, to create interactive electronic and electro-mechanical applications.

The session will cover the following:
• Introduction to Micro:bit features and software interface
• Warm up – LED matrix, buttons, symbols
• Sensors – Light, Temperature, Accelerometer
• Servos (motors)
• Radio (if time permits)

What you will need:
Micro:bit utilises free browser-based software so you won’t need to download anything prior to the session. Second monitor will be useful but not necessary.


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Who: Beginners
Where: Online via zoom webinar
When: 12 November 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

TinkerCAD is a great software to introduce beginners to CAD design which is used in 3D modelling. This is a free software and is designed with teachers and classroom use in mind. You will learn the fundamentals of 3D modelling and how to prepare a project for potential 3D printing or other forms of manufacturing.

The session will cover the following:
• Setting up classroom accounts
• Fundamental navigation
• Shapes
• Shelling

What you will need:
A good internet connection and a mouse with a scroll wheel are essential. A second monitor is ideal but not necessary.

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MakeCode Arcade

Who: Beginners
Where: Online
When: 26 November 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

MakeCode Arcade is a game design platform for the creation of games reminiscent of 8-bit arcade game machines and home entertainment systems of the 1980’s. Designed for complete beginners, this professional learning session will introduce participants to the basics of MakeCode Arcade, quickly getting teachers up and running so they can bring game development into their classrooms.

MakeCode Arcade has a built-in emulator which enables users to test their games in real time as they are developed, and is compatible with several purpose-built prototyping boards enabling the testing of games away from the computer.

Using a system of tool drawers and drag and drop blocks, users can quickly and easily get involved in game design in a browser-based development environment which is colourful and welcoming. MakeCode Arcade also allows users to switch between block coding, Java and Python.

The session will cover the following:
• Fundamentals of drag and drop block coding.
• Player movement
• Environment design
• Basic game interactions.

What you will need:
Google Chrome is advised and second monitor is ideal but not necessary  

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Events & Master Classes

Events and master classes are part of our ongoing experience at the Tech School and will be offered at the start of each term. In 2020, we will be offering a variety of new master classes, including VCE Systems Engineering (years 11 & 12) and The Art of Scientific Inquiry (years 7-10). 

Check out the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School YouTube channel for videos of some of our past events.

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