Students and Digital Technologies

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

Students lead the way

Schools can empower students to help build the capacity of their peers, staff, and the wider school community in the use of digital technologies by providing and promoting ICT leadership opportunities and by showcasing students’ digital work. For more information, see: Competitions and achievements and Leadership events.

Students digital TechBy training ICT mentors and student experts, or encouraging students to work alongside their teachers and help them learn new skills, schools give students recognition and positive attention and help them develop a positive profile as tech savvy kids.

Victorian schools are already exploring options for students to assist in the development and leadership of digital learning policies.

  • What can teachers do to encourage students to mentor and support each other and their teachers to use technology?
  • How can students contribute to the professional learning of their teachers?
  • Why would teachers involve students in planning and decision-making?
  • How can student skills and understandings in the use of technology be leveraged to supplement technical support processes already in place?
  • How do online tools and spaces support student reflection and learning?
  • How do collaborative learning spaces support students to connect, collaborate and co-create knowledge?

The GenYES 'Learn' curriculum consists of 28 modules that can be used and adapted to give teachers guidance in setting up a program for student leaders of digital learning. Genyes logo

GenYES believes in participatory learning where students and teachers work together to create optimal conditions for learning in every classroom; where students are agents of change, rather than objects of change. Department teachers can access the GenYES 'Learn' curriculum at: GenYES. (This link gives Department teachers access to the GenYES 'Learn' curriculum. The Victorian GenYES login and password details appear on the landing page).

GenYES is an innovative program that creates 21st century leaders and learners. GenYES students in years 4-12 help teachers use technology in classrooms, supporting effective technology integration school-wide. Fifteen years of research proves GenYES empowers students and changes the way teachers integrate technology in their lessons.

For more information, please contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au