From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Victorian schools are actively investigating the use of technologies to support learning, engagement, collaboration, and in equipping learners with digital skills necessary for successful participation in life. In all of these projects, teachers are the change agents, using creativity and innovation to enhance teaching and learning experiences and outcomes.
Office 365 trial
Office 365 is a cloud-based system incorporating tools that can assist schools to connect, collaborate and create.
In 2013-2014, the Department conducted an Office 365 proof of concept in 30 Victorian primary and secondary schools.
Classroom of the Future
Classroom of the Future is a three year partnership project between Charles La Trobe College, the Department, Intel and La Trobe University to capture evidence of impact of the precise and deliberate pedagogical use of ICT on students learning outcomes, development of 21st century skills and teachers pedagogical capacity.
The project aims to promote an evidence-based culture of innovation and develop expertise across the system, for both pre-service and in-service teachers. Classroom of the Future offers a model classroom that links technology, pedagogy and curriculum to improve teaching and learning practices. For more information, see: Charles La Trobe Digital Story
iPlay, iLearn, iGrow (pdf - 2.85mb)
– presents the findings from a project that used tablet technology with young children in three different early childhood settings. The project was designed to explore the possiblities for learning in each setting to determine if the use of tablets is appropriate for this age group. This report is from the first phase of the project.
SmartStart: Creating New Contexts for Learning in the 21st Century (pdf - 7.99mb)
– presents the findings from the second phase of a project that was designed to explore the ways in which tablet technologies can be used to enhance learning and teaching in early childhood settings. The report advocates that educators should be aware of the wider range of uses of tablets that enable learners to become creators and innovators, and support them in their reflections about whatever they encounter,
SmartStart: Pathways to New Learning with Indigenous Children (pdf - 2.66mb)
– presents the findings from the third phase of a project that was designed to explore the ways in which tablet technologies can be used to enhance learning and teaching in early childhood settings. The research in this report addresses the issues inherent in the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap Indigenous policy to address the serious disadvantage faced by Indigenous learners.
CORE Education's Ten Trends 2016
– identifies ten major ICT trends predicted for this year that will impact how digital learning technologies are adopted in schools.
NMC Horizon Report series
– examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in educational settings.
Inking Your Thinking stylus trial
The Digital Learning Branch partnered with Microsoft to conduct the Inking Your Thinking Contemporary Learning Trial. Using stylus-based Windows 8 tablets, the trial supported wider use of the eduSTAR image and Office 365 across three Victorian government schools. It provided an insight into the apps schools select to meet the learning needs of their students. The use of the stylus as input device is part of a wider focus on literacy based applications that develop handwriting skills.
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