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
Emerging Sciences Victoria (ESV) is a joint project between John Monash Science School (JMSS), Monash University and the Department.
ESV enables Year 10 science students in government schools across Victoria to study an emerging science subject as part of their own courses. Courses are offered in Quantum Physics, Astrophysics, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Bioinformatics. The programs aim to:
deliver high quality, face-to-face learning experiences in a digital space
engage learners in the study of emerging sciences
increase student aspirations in science as a career and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more generally
allow students from different schools to learn collaboratively
give young people the opportunity to engage with working scientists at the cutting edge of their fields
provide access to HD recordings of every lesson in case of absence
assess against AusVELS throughout the semester long courses and provide a semester report for each student.
Students study these subjects from their home schools via a live, interactive video link to specialist teachers at the teaching studio at JMSS. Learning sessions use an integration of the school's learning platform using Google Apps for Education and realsmart (a learning and assessment portfolio), all with single sign-on access via a website and the Cisco Webex video classroom.
These technologies allow for real-time and asynchronous learning through collaboration. Students interact with real teachers and scientists in live classes, enabling them to engage with contemporary theories and research, to develop their understanding collaboratively within a statewide community of learners, and build relationships with teachers, academics and peers from other schools.
For more information, see: Emerging Sciences Victoria