Virtual conferencing

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

Virtual conferencing opens doors to new learning and teaching opportunities beyond the classroom.

Victorian students and teachers have access to a flexible suite of virtual learning tools enabling them to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school.

Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing enables you to:

  • deliver subject-specific curriculum to students anywhere in Victoria and beyond
  • interact and authenticate learning by bringing experts and specialists into your classroom without leaving your school
  • stream cultural, scientific and literary events directly to your classroom
  • create your own networks of learners, anywhere around the world
  • build intercultural understanding and a sense of global identity

Getting started

Virtual conferencing can be accessed via the internet and allows for participants in multiple locations to interact using audio, video, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, a shared interactive whiteboard, polling or instant messaging. Victorian schools have access to many virtual conferencing tools including:

For virtual conference sessions on digital technologies and curriculum events, see:

Virtual Conferencing support in your region

Support is available to assist educators with both the technical and teaching and learning aspects of virtual conferencing and virtual learning in schools.

Contact a Virtual Learning Coach:

For more information, see: Virtual Learning DigiPub

For questions on virtual conferencing, contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

What's happening in Victorian schools?

In your Face: National Portrait Gallery video conferencing opportunities

Government schools are to benefit directly from a new program delivered directly to the classroom from the National Portrait Gallery in the ACT. The Gallery is keen to reach out in particular to rural and regional government schools.

‘Our digital outreach programs encourage children to explore new ideas and ways of seeing - and to respond creatively - in order to understand and appreciate Australian history, people and art.’

Following an initial pilot in early March 2015, the Gallery will work towards offering five dial in opportunities a week.

At Lismore Primary School, Years 3-4 will look closely at interpreting and offering informed opinions on portraiture via Polycom. Content will cover the power of portraits to tell a story and how these stories are communicated through specific works. Student will consider what decisions artists have to make when they create a portrait. Students will also build a vocabulary to describe their own work. Activity based enquiry learning will be a feature of these new virtual learning programs on offer from the Gallery. Other Galleries currently working with the Department's Virtual Learning team to offer more specialised virtual learning programs for schools include the NGV, Geelong Art Gallery and the Ballarat Art Gallery.

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

New dimensions in the global classroom: Collaborations between Canada, Ballarat and China

For the past two years, Canadian Lead Primary School in Ballarat has been collaborating successfully with a partner school in mainland China using Microsoft Lync.

The schools link up on a fortnightly basis when both are in session. The initial focus for their collaboration involved linking art classes in the respective countries. One giant canvas was negotiated and painted jointly.

The students used Lync video conferencing linkups to settle on the theme of native animals and to share various art styles from the two countries. The Canadian Lead PS students painted the first half of the canvas and sent this over to China where it was completed and put on display before being posted back to Australia. One of the highlights of the partnership was opening up to a more cross curriculum focus to provide inroads for any teachers interested in incorporating Asia literacy in their classrooms.

For schools seeking details and support to replicate this model, contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Global partnerships for curriculum sharing

Connecting 30,000 schools in 140 countries online, see: iEARN Collaboration Centre