Digital Learning Support and Services

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​Digital learning refers to the exploration and use of a broad range of information and communication technologies to provide new learning environments and give students new and valuable learning experiences.

School leaders talk about the benefits of digital learning


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Resources

The Department provides a range of online systems, tools and resources to assist you to plan and embed the use of digital technologies across your school including:

  • ICT school planning resources to assist schools to plan for the effective use of digital technologies in their everyday practices to prepare students for the demands of an ever-changing world, to achieve powerful learning and teaching, and improve learning, teaching and administration, see: ICT School Planning
  • The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority AusVELS website provides the framework for curriculum development see: AusVELS​
  • Safe and responsible use of digital technologies supports school communities to understand the behaviours and processes that will help them to act in a safe and responsible manner when using digital technologies, see: Safe and Responsible Use of Digital Technologies
  • Information Technology Division (ITD) coordinates the ICT procurement and infrastructure provision to Victorian Government schools which is central to the effective integration of digital technologies into the curriculum, see: Information Technology
  • ICT Support, Services and Advice provides information on the school internet service, internet filtering and student email see: ICT Support, Services and Advice
  • ICT Professional Learning resources provide support to build educators’ skills and confidence in using digital technologies through structured professional learning, collaborative networks such as personal learning networks (PLN) and through inquiry driven communities of practice, see: Professional Learning
  • FUSE provides access to online educational resources from around the world. Primary and secondary students and teachers can search for websites, interactives, images, audio and video as well as other online resources. Government school teachers can log into ‘My Desk’ to manage and upload resources, create resource packages to share and access licenced content.  All resources are recommended and reviewed by educators, and tagged according to audience, AusVELS and post-compulsory curriculum frameworks, see: FUSE
  • Global2 is the Department's blogging community and is accessible by Victorian government and Catholic schools. Global2 provides space for online collaboration, opportunities for teachers and students to post and comment on blogs, collaborate on wikis, set up discussion forums and embed videos and images. Personal levels of access can be customized for the space, see: Global2
  • Virtual conferencing opens doors to learning outside the classroom. It enables teachers and students to collaborate online with other classrooms, connect with experts or access professional learning. It can be accessed via the internet or by using a dedicated videoconferencing system. It allows for participants in multiple locations to interact using a wide range of media. For more information about the many virtual conferencing tools that Victorian schools have access to, see: Virtual Conferencing
  • The eduSTAR software image provides educational software that adds value to teaching and learning.  Teachers and students can search the online eduSTAR Catalogue for software by learning area, once authenticated they can download core software and install it on multiple devices. The three software images available to schools are:
    • the core image of 80 pieces of software  including the Microsoft Office Suite and software for video, image and music creation, thinking skills, literacy, mathematics and science
    • the secondary image which contains additional licensed software including the Adobe Pepe Suite, Inspiration, and Mathematica
    • the tablet image which removes programs that are not compatible with tablet devices.

     For more information, see: eduSTAR catalogue     
     Software is available for Windows and Apple Mac devices, see: 
     eduSTAR software for Windows or eduSTAR software for Mac

  • The Digital Deck is like a pack of cards and provides a quick overview of the range of digital resources available to schools. It starts with an eduSTAR overview then explores other resources and methods along a continuum. Each card has a description, advice for getting started and classroom ideas. The cards are available in hard copy or can be accessed online. For more information, see: Digital Deck

For more information and resources, see: Supporting Digital Learning