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Welcome to this week's edition of the CEnet bulletin.

In this week's edition, CEnet's NAPLAN Online technical readiness and support for member dioceses, CEnet supporting the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, the fourth of our profiles on CEnet staff who have worked in member dioceses, accessing on-demand workshop recordings from Catholic Learning Online Events and ACEN Book of the Week.

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NAPLAN Online Technical Readiness and Support

The 2021 National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test window runs from May 11 to May 21. During this period member dioceses depend heavily on CEnet services such as Secure Internet, Core Network and Access Management to ensure successful connectivity to the NAPLAN online test platform.

CEnet recognises the important role we play regarding NAPLAN online access for schools. Preparations made each year to maximise a successful outcome include:
  • the review and update of network firewall rules that grant NAPLAN online access (based on the latest ACARA guidance)
  • engaging with connectivity providers and software vendors to raise awareness of the test period and avoid scheduled change conflicts
  • careful review of all change requests logged via CEnet’s internal Change Advisory Board (CAB)
  • development and close monitoring of NAPLAN-specific network performance dashboards.
The dashboard created by the CEnet Infrastructure to monitor NAPLAN-specific network performance
The dashboard created by the CEnet Infrastructure Team to monitor NAPLAN-specific network performance.
We recognise the significant contribution made by every staff member, both technical and non-technical, towards the successful NAPLAN online experience of students.
CEnet and the Vinnies CEO Sleepout

CEnet's  interim CEO Vicki Anderson is taking her time in the hot seat to make a difference!
Vicki is participating in the 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise much needed funds and awareness around homelessness.

With more than 17,000 Australian children under 12 having no permanent address, we really need to do all we can to understand the complexities around homelessness and to break the cycle - if you’d like to help Vicki raise funds for this excellent cause please click here.
 
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CEnet Staff Insights

This week we are continuing our series of articles on members of the CEnet team who have worked in member dioceses.
Troy Mackay, CEnet DevOps Engineer
Troy Mackay - DevOps Engineer

I had never really intended to get into IT or had a particular vocation in mind. Just ended up following my interests in physics, maths and electronics.
I could see myself as a programmer but when it came time to choosing, the coding subjects seemed mostly fluff having cut my teeth on an old Commodore 64 and assembly language in high school.
My first contact with the Diocese of Armidale was St Albert's College where I took on maintenance of the computer labs and tutored Computer Science students, eventually doing some part time web development for the local Catholic Schools Office.

What was a part-time uni job quickly became full time and I spent the next 14 years watching the level of technology in schools grow from the secretary's email on ISDN to networked classrooms and a few hand-me-down computers to full wireless coverage and interactive boards and smart projectors front and centre. The revolution continues as technology branches out from the classroom into students' homes and remote learning. It has been quite the ride and I am happy to have come this far.

Over the years I have observed technology becoming more widely available. The tools and services no longer hobbled together on-site but widely available in commerce and industry at a global scale. The more that was centralised or replaced by external services, I felt my work here was done. To borrow a page from the Brown Joeys I will go where needed and an opportunity for career progression presented itself with CEnet where I could continue to serve the needs of the diocese but also provide value to the broader membership.
CEnet Staff Feedback

A big thank you to readers who have taken the time to share details of positive interactions with members of the CEnet team.

CEnet celebrates outstanding efforts and the addition of great feedback from member dioceses is a welcome addition that will be shared with all staff.

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Catch-up On Catholic Learning Online Workshops

The Catholic Learning Online team has organised a significant number of workshops since commencing with the Catholic Learning Online Summit in April 2020.
 
Recognising the demands on the time of teachers, the team has taken the opportunity to record workshops and there are now 46 recordings available on the CLO website.
A sample of the range of on-demand workshop recordings available in the CLO website.
Recordings are supplemented with detailed descriptions of learning intentions and success criteria. Many also have supporting resources.

If you or your colleagues would like to access the Catholic Learning Online Summit, workshop recordings can be found on the Catholic Learning Online Summit Resources page

If you or your colleagues would like to access the Catholic Learning Online Events, workshop recordings can be found in the Catholic Learning Online Resources page
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CLO Google Fundamentals
Google Fundamentals

Commencing on 17 June at 3.30pm AEST this course combines Google online self-directed learning modules with virtual sessions to assist in developing your skills and knowledge around the effective use of Google Workspace tools in teaching and learning. 
 
The CLO Google Fundamentals Program will enable participants to work through modules at their own pace, and to support participants along the way the CLO team have arranged a number of virtual check-in sessions, where participants will be shown some innovative uses for their new skills and be able to ask questions to clarify their learning.
These virtual sessions will be joined by Google for Education Specialist Chris Betcher and/or members from CEnet member dioceses.

If you are interested in the Google Fundamentals click here to go to register your interest. 
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Upcoming Catholic Learning Online Events 2021

Upcoming Events:

Apple Teacher Mac
  • May 20 - 3.30pm AEST
    The Apple Teacher Mac 2021 Virtual Check-in number 4.
  • June 3 - 3.30pm AEST
    The Apple Teacher Mac 2021 Virtual Check-in number 5.
Google Fundamentals
  • 17 June - 3.30 pm AEST
  • 15 July - 3.30 pm AEST
  • 29 July - 3.30 pm AEST
  • 12 August - 3.30 pm AEST
  • 26 August - 3.30 pm AEST
  • 17 June - 3.30 pm AEST
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Book of the Week
The CEnet member dioceses ACEN eBook Consortium, with the assistance of Lisa Nash and Saba Maniar from the Digital Learning and Library Services in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, provide the book of the week feature for students and staff who have access to the SORA eBook Library.

Each week, two reading recommendations for eBooks or audio books, with age guidance are published for primary school students and high school students and to make sure that no-one is left out, there is a recommendation for staff too.
ACEN Book of the Week for Primary Schools
ACEN Book of the Week for Secondary Schools
Sora Sweet Reads Returns 5 May - 20 August 2021
Sora Sweet Reads

Sweet Reads is back in 2021 and will run from 5 May until 20 August.

Sweet Reads is a world-wide initiative run to promote reading in schools and is based on checkouts of a subset of the ebooks available to students.

For the last two years the CEnet ACEN consortium has been number 1 in Overdrive's global 'Sweet Reads' initiative with 24,010 checkouts in last years event.
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