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Issue 108 - Term 2 Week 3

Issue 108 - 2024 | Term 2 | Week 3

A photo of Stu - who will be greatly missed

This issue of news.T4L is the first edition without its beloved creator, Stu Hasic.

The T4L team are deeply devastated, as are our community of teachers and school support staff who have had the privilege of interacting with Stu in one way or another.

Stu’s reach was far and wide and his ICT capacity-building across our school communities was unparalleled. We have been inundated with messages from schools, principals and teachers, with reflections on the impact of Stu’s support, throughout his 30+ year career in the NSW DoE.

Stu's biggest passion was to celebrate, support and share the good work of teachers in technology across our organisation. We hope to continue to build on his amazing legacy, of which we know he would be humbled. We are confident Stu would want news.T4L to continue, so please expect issues to be released in Weeks 3, 6 and 9.

To us, he was our fountain of knowledge, our colleague and our friend, and we will miss him dearly. 

Vale Stu. 

As a result of a new agreement between Adobe and NSW Department of Education, there will be a revised process for staff and students needing access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere and Acrobat Pro. All license applications will go through EDConnect only.  

We currently have a backlog of licence applications and are only provisioning students in Year 11 and Year 12. We encourage all schools to consider who they have applied for, and if they require access to actively and regularly use the tools. Most users of PDFs do not require access to Adobe Acrobat Pro. 

If you have licences that you no longer require, or any questions please email

For the most up-to-date information head to the Adobe information page, with information on how to use PDFs in Acrobat Reader, and Acrobat Express (both not requiring a licence) here. 

The next exciting instalment of the Windows 11 release is here. In Term 2, Windows 11 v23H2 will be released as an in-place upgrade.

This will automatically deploy to compatible Windows devices in schools and maintain existing programs and data.

The installation process will require a restart to complete the update, however reboot can be deferred up to 8hrs.

More updates to follow in the week 6 newsletter.


Teacher standing in an office with computers

EBS decommissioning is progressing well, with over 2,000 schools successfully transitioning to their Administration Marketplace Panel for Schools (AMPS) supplier products for all student administration and finance functions.

The EBS decommissioning is on track to be completed by mid-Term 2, 2024. Schools scheduled for EBS decommissioning in Term 2 have been informed of their decommission date and a schedule is now available on the EBS decommission website.

Regular communications are provided to help guide schools through the process, including a checklist, check-in sessions, and AMPS supplier training/product demonstrations.

What schools are saying: 

  • "I just wanted to say once again that this has been such a smooth transition.” – Scarborough Public School
  • “One less system – not having to log in and access EBS for any of our daily tasks is a huge timesaver.” – Cook School

For further support, visit the EBS Decommissioning FAQ page, join the community on Teams or email the team directly.  

As communicated in Term 4 of 2023, the department has entered into a new licensing agreement for Zoom.

All existing staff user accounts will transition to the Zoom Basic license, which limits meeting duration, number of attendees, and in-meeting features and functions.

All staff are encouraged to utilise Microsoft Teams or Google Meet as alternatives to Zoom for hosting online meetings. Staff will still be able to join Zoom meetings hosted by others using their DoE account. Support staff in our Education offices and in formal meeting rooms primarily use Microsoft Teams.

For further information or to review the feature comparison between the platforms, please visit the Zoom changes page.

We've just launched the new magazine.T4L and T4L Kids magazines for both teachers and students, and in Term 2 the focus is all about podcasting. 

Designed to support teachers in the classroom and studio with developing podcasting skills – both technical and pedagogical – magazine.T4L includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step videos created for the classroom.

The T4L Kids magazine also focuses on podcasting where students can be inspired by meeting real-life podcasters including a dynamic sister and brother duo, and professional podcasters in the real world.

See how easy it really can be to get started by booking a podcasting kit today!

Register for Term 2’s upcoming webinars! Covering a wide range of topics from learning how to improve your digital skills across different platforms and software, enhancing your communication skills, to utilising digital tools to streamline your workflow.

Registering for the events will ensure you are across all recordings and resources on the topic! Register today!

There’s a big digital world out there and the only thing holding you back is your imagination. Get inspired with Issue 16 of T4L Kids!  

We’ve curated easy-to-follow guides to help challenge students, including creative digital missions that your learners can undertake while providing examples demonstrating how these tasks are implemented in the real world.

Server and UPS

ITD will commence replacing outdated UPS and eT4L server hardware that are critical for the operation of all schools and support offices. The current equipment has reached the end of its support lifecycle.

Timeline and process:

  • Initiation: the replacement program will start in Term 2, 2024, and will be conducted in phases to ensure minimal disruption.

  • Preparation: site readiness assessments will be conducted by ITD across all metro schools during Term 2 to prepare for the installation. 

  • Delivery and Installation: the new eT4L Server and UPS will be delivered to each school prior to the scheduled installation. Once delivery is confirmed the Installation date will be communicated and the installation will be conducted by a third-party vendor.

  • Data migration: following successful installation, a remote data migration will be carried out by ITD.

We have turned on the SharePoint site supporting the eT4L Server and UPS rollout. Schools and technical staff have access and we'll add more information as the project rolls out.

We’ll keep you updated here throughout Term 2.

The Canva Design School team has created this newsletter with curated content for teachers.

Through this newsletter DoE staff have access to a variety of templates, resources and learning opportunities.

What’s included:  

  • Engage students with financial literacy lessons 
  • Make videos easily in Canva 
  • Spotlight incredible teachers using Canva in the classroom
  • Prepare students for project-based learning with Canva
  •  Connect with Canva!

Explore the Canva for Education newsletter and explore the latest news on the inspiring and creative design templates and learning opportunties!

Are you practicing good cyber and privacy hygiene when storing and sharing files that contain personal information?

Personal information is any information about an individual that can be used to identify them. This could be student or staff name, date of birth, culture, ethnicity, address, class, school, family details, fingerprints, or a combination of information from which they can be identified.

You can read more about this at Protecting personal information. Make sure you’re familiar with the storage and sharing options for the following methods:

Get tips on storing files safely and Information management for schools.


If you are a school staff member looking after websites, then you’re invited to join the SWS Community of Practice. Our online meetup on Monday 20 May (10-11am) will cover things such as tips and tricks for website management, feature updates, useful guides and resources, followed by a Q&A.

Register your interest by emailing Christina Allen

The Computer Equipment Rollout for 2023-2024 has recently closed with all deliveries finalised in Term 1. 

Validate all device deliveries in the T4L Order Form by Friday 24th May (Week 4) as this feature will be locked after this date.

Contact the T4L CER team with any questions via:

Information Technology Directorate publishes three issues of news.T4L each term. Remember - share each issue with your staff! And if you aren't receiving an email notification as soon as a new issue of news.T4L drops, then you're missing out! So why not subscribe?