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Welcome to the latest edition of the CEnet bulletin, 

In this edition, managing record internet download demand, CEnet staffing update, a CeSIS and CeFMS update, always available magazines prove popular with over 4300 downloads in the first two weeks, looking back on over 50 Catholic Learning Online workshops in 2021 and Book of the Week.
 
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Managing Peak Internet Demand

Many of you will be aware of regular operating system and application updates that occur on your devices as new features and security patches are released, but have you ever wondered what kind of cumulative demand these updates can place on a network the size of CEnet’s? And how does CEnet’s Infrastructure Services team prepare the network for such demand?

A recent example of this challenge occurred when Apple released a new macOS security update in late October. The aggregate demand for the update saw peak internet downloads reach an all-time high of 60 Gbps on Monday November 1, up from a usual peak of 40 Gbps. During this time 50% of all internet content traversing CEnet’s network related to the Apple update. To put this peak speed into perspective, 60 Gbps is around 2,500 times faster than the average home internet link.
CEnet’s Infrastructure Services team constantly monitors internet connectivity to ensure sufficient connectivity exists. As part of our peering strategy, direct low cost, high-speed links have been established to major traffic sources such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Cache appliances from Google and Akamai, capable of re-serving high demand content from within our Sydney data centre for free, have also been installed. At least 85% of all internet content now comes from these low-cost ‘on-net’ sources, significantly reducing the cost of internet delivery to the membership.

During the Apple update-related traffic peak on Monday November 1:
  • 19 Gbps was sourced via our free private network link to Apple
  • 11 Gbps was sourced from cache appliances in our data centre
  • the remaining links including transit internet, Google and Microsoft operated as normal and were unaffected by the increased demand.
CEnet Staffing Update

CEnet’s Board of Directors approved three new roles for 2022, two of which will commence in January. We are pleased to announce that both roles have been filled by internal applicants: Adam Smith will take on the role of Information Architect and Jonathan Foley will take on the role of Service Delivery Coordinator. 

Adam’s and Jonathan’s existing roles have been filled by familiar faces: Linda McGlone will commence in the role of Application Services Team Leader and Jennifer Berkley will commence in the role of Application Support Analyst / Trainer. 

We congratulate Adam, Jonathan, Linda and Jennifer on their appointments and wish them every success in their new roles. 

Josh Obst from our integrations team has recently accepted the role of Information Services Specialist at Catholic Education, Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Since joining CEnet, Josh has made a very positive contribution in the integration space. We thank Josh for his dedication and commitment during his time with us and wish him well in his future endeavours. 

Recruitment has commenced for the vacant positions of Application Systems Analyst and Integration Specialist. Please forward these links to anyone who may be interested in working with us. 
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CeSIS and CeFMS Update

The CEnet Member Dioceses CeSIS and CeFMS rollout is continuing with 590 portals and an additional 2 schools migrating to Ancestry in the last fortnight, bringing the total to 416 schools migrated to Ancestry.

Eleven of the participating Member Dioceses have completed the CeSIS rollout and five dioceses have also completed the CeFMS portion of their rollout.
CeSIS and CeFMS rollout statistics
This shared services rollout is significant in its scale and success, and is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the CEnet member community.
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.

Have you had a positive experience with a CEnet staff member?

Please tell us via this form, we'll be sure to let them know.
CEnet Feedback
Share a Story

The CEnet Member Bulletin provides a great opportunity to share information about activities occurring in Member Dioceses.

If your diocese has an interesting story to share contact us.
Share a Story
Magazines Now Available in Sora
The CEnet Member Dioceses ACEN eBook Consortium, recently purchased a Magazine package which has been added to the Overdrive collection.
Staff and students are now able to borrow magazines on the device of their choice through Sora. All magazines are available as Simultaneous Use, meaning there is no waiting — simply borrow the magazine, download it to your device, and enjoy reading the articles.

In the first two weeks af availability, over 4300 magazines were checked out and feeback received by members of the CeLIB working group is that readers are very grateful for the range of magazines that is avaiable in the new collection.
Magazines for Kids
Magazines for Teens
Magazines are on loan for 14 days (then self-return) and do not count towards your total number of other loans in Sora. Back issues of the magazines are also available.
Magazines for Adults
The collection has something for everyone with over 390 titles covering education and special interest.

The addition of magazines with Simultaneous Use licensing has been very well received by member dioceses. Here is an example.

This is a fabulous initiative, our schools are very excited to explore the new collections! Thanks to all involved or organising.

Have a look at this short video or this how-to page for more information on enjoying your favourite magazine.
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Catholic Learning Online
The highly successful 2021 Catholic Learning Online workshop programme concluded last Wednesday with the 'Introduction to the Hour of Code' event.

During 2021, the Catholic Learning Online initiaitive, coordinated by a group of staff from CEnet member dicoeses delivered over 50 workshops before and after school, including:
  • Seesaw School Champions;
  • Seesaw for Beginners;
  • PearDeck for Beginners;
  • ClickView for Primary School teachers;
  • ClickView for Secondary School teachers;
  • Apple iPad Assistive;
  • Apple iPad Teacher series;
  • Apple Teacher Mac series;
  • Google Fundamentals series;
  • Microsoft Minecraft Education series;
  • Introduction to Hour of Code.
The team also delivered a three-day summit in the April school holidays with sessions covering:
  • The use of Apple Clips;
  • Using Google Sheets;
  • Making Maths and STEM Digital, Authentic and Accessible with Texthelp;
  • Creating an accessible classroom (desktop and iOS);
  • Personalising Learning and Supporting Learner Agency using Read&Write;
  • Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners (Apple);
  • Document Student Work with Project Portfolios (Google);
  • LucidSpark in the classroom;
  • Using Seesaw;
  • Microsoft Whiteboard;
  • Canva;
  • Creating Podcasts with Garage band;
  • Using Jamboard in the Classroom;
  • Extending Classrtoom reading with Sora;
  • Using Book Creator in teaching and learning;
  • Microsoft Minecraft for Education;
Thank you to the CLO working group:
  • Vickie Vance - Bathurst (Chair);
  • Karen Gardiner - Wagga-Wagga;
  • Mark Woolley - Wollongong;
  • JJ Purton Jones - Lismore;
  • Ben Woods - Wollongong;
  • Christine Masters - Cairns.
Thank you also to the workshop presenters from CEnet member dicoeses who generously shared their expertise, and to the vendor community for their enthusiastic support.

The working group is well advanced with planning for 2022 and information on the term one events will be available soon.
CLO Workshop Recording Archive

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
Go to Resources
Other Professional Learning Oppportunities
Microsoft Innovate with Azure Skills Bootcamp
Link to the Innovate with Azure Skills Bootcamp Schedule and Registration Page
Microsoft is offering a week of free training tailored to IT professionals and leaders building specialist skills in cloud, data and AI in the Microsoft Innovate with Azure Skills Bootcamp, 29 November – 3 December 2021.

The skills bootcamp provides an opportunity to upskill and learn how Microsoft Azure solutions can provide the building blocks to innovate in a week that has something for everyone!
Participants have the option of joining one session or many, covering interactive workshops, webinars and Ask the Experts and will leave with new skills to leverage the diverse capabilities of Azure.
Program and Registration
Microsoft Mondays
It is well documented that young women are under-represented in STEM subjects and careers. Today, only 17% of Australian IT and Engineering University graduates are women which has a knock-on effect on representation in the tech industry.

Microsoft ANZ is partnering with Girl Geek Academy, education social enterprise, to launch the Girl Geek Academy x Microsoft AI Series – a free, digital program to inspire and educate young women in Year 7-10 to build STEM, Coding & AI skills.

This initiaitive builds off the pilot program run in January – June 2021, which saw 400+ girls across the country, from 180 schools, provided with access to learn from 40+ Microsoft mentors, and saw some incredibly creative AI projects!

Sessions will take place every Monday after school from 5pm – 6:30pm (AEDT) from October 2021 – June 30 2022.
Program and Registration
Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Community Conference 2022

The Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Community (TLPLC) is a not for profit support network for teacher librarian staff. Its annual conference provides a forum for teacher librarians and school library staff in Catholic and Independent schools in NSW and the ACT to share expertise and learn new skills.

The 2022 TLPLC conference will be held at Rydges Mount Panorama Hotel, Bathurst on 26 and 27 May 2022.

The theme of the Conference is Racing towards new frontiers: Teacher Librarians steering to success.

Teacher Librarians and Library staff who are interested in attending this conference can register interest on the TLPLC website to see how they can become involved in the conference and to keep up to date with all details as they become available.
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.
 
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