Learning and Teaching Support

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

This section contains links to web sites, online resources and tools that provide learning and teaching support for teachers, including:

Science Foundation Level to VCE eBookboxes

The AusVELS Science eBookboxes support teaching of Science from Foundation Level to Level 10 by providing high quality digital content organised around the key concepts/topics of AusVELS Science. The current suite includes at least one eBookbox in each of the AusVELS levels.

VCE eBookboxes contain quality digital resources that align with outcomes, areas of study, and key knowledge and skills for VCE Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science.

The AusVELS Science eBookboxes can be accessed in FUSE.

Digital learning in science

australianscreen is developed in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) by Curriculum Corporation through The Le@rning Federation. The site brings together material from the vast collections of the NFSA, the National Archives of Australia, the ABC, SBS, and AIATSIS in a unique collaboration. It represents over 1,300 Australian feature films, documentaries, television programs, newsreels, advertisements, short films, animations and home-movies produced over the last 100 years, with clips and curators’ and teachers’ notes. All material is made available with the permission of the copyright holders. The resource includes many clips on science and technology and environment.

BBC Learning - provides an extensive array of digital resources to support the Science classroom.

FUSE brings resources together in one place, so it is easier to find quality digital content. Sources include the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) (e.g. Digilearn, Connect), Skool.com, The Learning Federation and Victoria’s Cultural Institutions.

Science and Mathematics Specialist Centres

The Victorian Science and Mathematics Specialist Centres enable students to see the relevance of science and mathematics to their lives – academically, career-wise and for active citizenship. To achieve this, the centres focus specifically in the new and emerging sciences, requiring state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge technologies, and reach students, teachers and the community by providing innovative programs and partnerships.

Please contact the Centres for more information:

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) resources

Primary Connections

Primary Connections is a curriculum and professional learning resource linking the teaching of science and literacy. Primary Connections provides curriculum units that support science teaching from Prep to Grade 6. Each unit describes outcomes, step-by-step lessons, equipment required, and links to additional resources, assessment tasks, background information, and resource sheets.

Scientists in Schools

Scientists in Schools promote science education in primary and secondary schools. The programs will help to engage and motivate students in their learning of science, and broaden awareness of the types and variety of exciting careers available in the sciences.

Science Education Organisations

This section contains links to centres that provide a range of resources for schools. Many provide for the traditional school excursion; however some will provide activities held at your school (incursion).

School excursion programs

Ecolinc - a science and technology innovation centre located in Bacchus Marsh, provides innovative programs for P-12 students. Programs focus on sustainable environmental development practices. The web site lists details about its projects and programs, including booking information.

Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) - provides a wide range of programs in molecular and cell biology to enrich student learning, with particular reference to DNA science and applications in biotechnology. This web site contains online resources and information for teachers, booking information, and program details.

Marine Discovery Centre - an educational facility that includes a visitor's aquarium, student laboratory, classroom, a resource room and educational gift shop. The Centre offers an extensive range of biological and environmental science programs.

Melbourne Aquarium - offers education programs for primary through to senior secondary level students, comprehensive teacher resources, student interactive activities and the opportunity for secondary students to undertake work experience. The web site provides details of their education programs, teacher and student resources, interactive activities and current exhibits.

Museum Victoria - offers a wide range of education programs, resources and experiences. The Mind and Body and Science and Life galleries are particularly useful for the learning and teaching of science. The web site provides web-based education resources and projects based on Museum Victoria's collection databases and research. It also provides details of student activities.

Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria - advocates sustainable management of forest ecosystems and provides environmental education. It supports the Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre and develops resources for teachers. The web site provides details of excursions and interactive activities for students.

Royal Botanic Gardens - utilises the rich natural and cultural resources of both the Melbourne and Cranbourne sites to provide learning opportunities of primary and secondary students that integrate science knowledge, cultural understanding and social issues. The web site details on-site school programs, curriculum resources and teacher professional development opportunities.

Scienceworks and the Melbourne Planetarium - offers hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, school programs, tours, activities and shows that enable students and teachers to explore science and technology. The web site provides information on current exhibitions, education programs and various science topics.

Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSEEC) - promotes the learning of science by providing engaging, hands on activities for students and teachers. VSSEC is also part of a global network of Space Science Centres and Institutions and links between local and international business and industry. The web site provides an electronic newsletter CAPCOM and various other downloadable resources.

Zoos Victoria - oversees three zoos in the State. The Zoo education service offers programs on all aspects of animal biology including structure and function, adaptation, habitat, conservation. The web site provides online learning resources, special programs for schools, details of how to organise a visit, and professional development information for teachers.

School incursion/excursion programs

Amphibian Research Centre (ARC) - encourages students to learn about frogs in a practical way. Excursion programs that can be coupled with a Melbourne Water visit are offered, as well as practical information about keeping and caring for amphibians. Resources available include books, tapes and posters.

CERES Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies - offers programs and can design programs to suit schools' specific needs. The web site includes details of all of their education programs, which focus on issues such as water conservation, energy, waste and sustainability.

CSIRO Science Education Centre (CSIROSEC) - Australia's national science agency. The Victorian web site provides information on school programs, educational events, and the Melbourne CSIRO Science Education Centre, which offers hands-on science programs for students and teachers.

Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) - enter the key word ‘education’ to browse the DSE web site to explore the range of educational resources available. Education officers are available to present sessions on a number of topics. This site contains information on coast and marine management; conservation and the environment; fire and other emergencies; forest, heritage and land management; parks and reserves; planning; plants and animals; property, titles and maps; recreation and tourism; research; and water.

Discovery Centre Bendigo - focuses on science and technology and offers assistance to teachers in excursion planning and curriculum related workshops. The web site provides contact details, information about its programs including pricing, and provides an extensive list of links to science-related web sites.

Gould League - offers hands-on programs for preschool and primary school students and free interactive websites. The web site includes details of their range of publications and education programs, which focus on themes such as biodiversity, waste minimisation (recycling and composting) and marine ecosystems.

Questacon - Australia’s national Science and Technology centre. It has an extensive range of on-line resources for both teachers and students and conducts an annual outreach program.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) - provides hands-on opportunities for students to learn about animal biology and welfare

Science Education Websites

This section contains links to websites, resources and tools to provide learning and teaching support for teachers. The information is categorised into the following science areas, and are further grouped into Primary, Secondary, or both Primary and Secondary.

Biological sciences

Weed Warriors is an innovative national community program that focuses on fostering increased awareness of, and involvement in, local weed issues.

The Weed Warriors Teachers Resource (PDF - 4.2Mb) is designed to assist teachers in coordinating and running a Weed Warriors program in their school. It provides information on weeds, classroom and school based activities, and details on how to run a biological control program in the classroom.

Secondary

Australian Stem Cell Channel - supported by the Victorian Government, this site utilises interactive media to describe diseases that are targets for stem cell research and offers footage of microscopic procedures such as somatic cell nuclear transfer and cell differentiation and verbal explanations of the basic concepts describing what stem cells are and their potential.

Chemical sciences

Primary

Kitchen Chemistry - provides interactive activities for both a virtual and physical kitchen. It challenges students to carry out activities such as the ‘cabbage juice indicator’ or the ‘penny polisher’, and to develop their own conclusions.

Secondary

Australian National Chemistry Quiz (ANCQ) - The Quiz is a unique chemical education activity. It provides a major focus for secondary school students on the relevance of chemistry in an exciting and stimulating way.

Earth sciences

Primary and Secondary

Earth Science Literacy Initiative – this short resource developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides an overview of the big ideas in Earth Science.

Geoscience Australia (GA) - offers a wide range of downloadable education resources and offers publications, maps, models and education kits for sale.

Visible Earth - this searchable directory from NASA contains many images of the Earth from space.

Volcano World - includes a list of currently active volcanos and an emergency eruption simulation game, plus other information resources and activities for students.

World-Wide Earthquake Locator - aims to provide up-to-date information and detailed dynamic maps of earthquakes across the world. This web site also includes a database of past earthquakes, an animation of the past month's earthquakes and statistical earthquake prediction.

General sciences

Secondary

Catalyst - interactive website focusing on stories featured on the ABC Catalyst program, from scientific breakthroughs, issues, and how scientists work in the field.

Nova - the Australian Academy of Science publishes this web site which examines topical science issues. The material is suitable for secondary students and teachers.

Primary and Secondary

Australian Antarctic Division - offers a range of information and educational resources about the Antarctic for teachers and the general public.

ABC Science - an excellent resource for both teachers and students covering science news, controversial topics, science information and more.

Blood Buddies is a free on-line education resource produced by the Australian Red Cross Blood Services for students in Years 7-10.

Bureau of Meteorology - offers a wide range of educational resources including lesson plans, brochures and information about weather phenomena and availability of weather kits. If you live in regional or rural Australia, regional offices welcome school visits, subject to availability of staff and operational requirements.

Clean Up Australia – provides information on Clean Up Australia Day, environmental campaigns and resources.

CSIRO - offers science programs and resources for schools, special events around Australia and a range of at-home science for all ages.

Encyclopedia of Australian Science - Provides a register of the people and the many industries, corporations, research institutions, scientific societies and other organisations that have contributed to Australia's scientific, technological and medical heritage.

EPA Victoria School Resources - offers a range of free resources to support schools in the teaching and learning about environmental issues.

Newton's Apple - this is an American family science program hosted by public television (the equivalent of Australia’s ABC). The web site describes scientific demonstrations and also provides science quizzes.

Science Image - is an image library specialising in science and nature images. Images are readily downloadable.

The Exploratorium - from the world renowned San Francisco Exploratorium, the site provides information for students, often supported with animations and interactive activities.

The Mad Scientists Network - provides a global archive of recently asked questions and lists answers provided by correspondents from around the world. The Mad Scientists' Network also has a library with links to a wide range of science fields.

Physical sciences

Secondary

Science, Optics & You! - contains activities and information about lenses, light and optics.

Primary and Secondary

Leonardo da Vinci - from the Museum of Science in Boston, this web site explores the life and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, including the simple machines found in many of his designs.

Secrets of Lost Empires - explores the simple machines used by several ancient cultures in their building and construction works.

Skateboard Science - gives you the science behind those skating tricksters.

Space sciences

Primary and Secondary

Hubble Telescope - contains news, information and education resources about this major project.

Imagine the Universe - this NASA site has extensive information about the universe, planets, stars and astronomical facts.

NASA Education - a comprehensive index to NASA's extensive resources for teachers.