Digital learning tools

The major digital tools available to teachers to enhance learning in the classroom.

FUSE

FUSE is a content library of teaching materials and educational resources. It covers traditional text resources, multimedia, video and interactives.

All resources are recommended and reviewed by educators, and tagged according to audience and the Victorian curriculum, senior secondary and early childhood curriculum frameworks.

Victorian government school staff can log in to upload and share content or create resource packages. Students can sign in with their school accounts.​

Global2

Global2 is the Department's blogging community and is available to both Victorian government and Catholic schools.

Teachers and students can post and comment on blogs, collaborate on wikis and set up discussion forums. Levels of access can also be customised.​

Virtual conferencing

Students can interact and learn with others outside their classroom by using virtual learning and conferencing.

Digital learning software

The Department provides Victorian government school students and teachers with comprehensive, up-to-date digital tools and software to support the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum F-10, VET and VCE and the achievement of the Education State targets. Provision of this software reduces costs to schools and families and includes students’ Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD).  
  
For information about the software see: DET Software Suite
For professional learning see : Digital Learning Professional Learning Calendar

Collaborative learning environments

Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 online services provide schools with access to contemporary digital classroom tools and support for BYOD through services that can be accessed on Windows, Apple, Android and ChromeBooks.
 
Office 365 includes: Outlook for students, OneDrive, Office, Powerpoint, OneNote, Excel, Teams, Forms and Sway.  
 
Google Apps includes: Gmail for students, Drive, Google suite (docs/sheets/slides/calendar), Google classroom, Forms and Hangouts.  

Minecraft Education Edition, including Mini Melbourne

Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st-century skills.

The Department and the Metro Tunnel Project have created the Mini Melbourne world, rendering the city of Melbourne in exquisite Minecraft detail. Mini Melbourne has been built primarily as an educational resource that will enable students to learn more about Melbourne and Victoria's past, present and future.  
   
For access see: Minecraft Education Edition 
For supporting resources see: Mini Melbourne

Creative Cloud apps and design and Web K-12 collection

The software can be used across a range of Learning Areas for the creation of documents, animations, audio, videos and websites. In addition, this software has specific relevance to learning and teaching of The Arts, Technologies and Critical and Creative Thinking.
 
Secondary teachers have access to the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere Pro. Student-owned BYO devices can access the Web K-12 Collection which includes Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. 
 
Available for all students and teachers in Victorian government secondary and P-12 schools.
 
For access see:  EduSTAR catalogue software centre

ClickView

ClickView is a suite of thousands of interactive videos and related resources that support learning and teaching across all subject areas. Videos are professionally made in Melbourne studios or sourced from free-to-air and pay-TV content. ClickView content is mapped to the Victorian curriculum, and allows teachers to deliver individualised learning activities to students and view and assess their responses. 
 
Available for all students and teachers in Victorian government secondary and P-12 schools. 

For more information see: ClickView supporting resources
For access see:  ClickView  

Stile

Stile provides over 70 Science units, each containing a mixture of content delivery, formative assessment, summative assessment, experiments, projects, classroom activities, and STEM career profiles. Every unit of work is set in the context of real-world science discoveries and events, highlighting to students the relevance of what they are learning. 
 
Every lesson is completely customisable, allowing teachers to tailor content and questions to the needs of their school’s curriculum or individual students. Teachers can even create their own Stile lessons if they want to get really creative.
 
Available to Years 7-8 students and their Science teachers in Victorian government schools.
 
For access see: Stile 

Sibelius

Sibelius is a music notation program designed for composing, orchestrating and designing workshops. Music teachers who incorporate Sibelius into their lessons are able to demonstrate music theory and composition concepts, and students are able to create their own pieces of music while developing their understanding of these concepts. This software has specific relevance to learning and teaching of Music.

All Victorian government secondary schools have been provided with 20 seats of this software.

For access email - mail@futuremusic.com.au

Wolfram Mathematica, SystemModeler, Programming Lab and Alpha

Wolfram software are internationally recognised, industry standard, powerful learning tools that can be used across STEM with applications in the areas of computation, problem modelling, coding and more.  This software has specific relevance to learning and teaching of Mathematics, Science, Technologies and Critical and Creative Thinking.
 
Available for all students and teachers in Victorian secondary schools (government and non-government schools).

For access see: Wolfram software

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning platform that provides anytime, anywhere access to a library of over 209,200 unique “how to” videos across three areas - Business, Creative and Technology Skills. Lynda.com also provides 5,700 professional learning courses and twelve Learning Paths to support teachers and students to develop their knowledge and skills. Lynda.com can be used by teachers and students for on demand skill development on how to use software including Office, Adobe, Google, Sibelius, Python, WordPress and Evernote. 
 
Available for all teachers and students in Victorian government secondary schools.
 
For access see: Lynda.com

Boardmaker Online

Boardmaker Online provides a multi-level approach to creating engaging print and interactive materials for your special education needs. Extend learning by adapting curriculum to the unique needs of learners with easy-to-use enhanced features. Increase engagement by making print activities interactive on smart boards, computers, tablets and communication devices.
 
Available for all staff who work in special schools, as well as regional staff who support schools to work with students with additional needs.
 
For access contact: the Digital Learning Services Unit digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

 Comic Life

Comic Life can be used across a range of Learning Areas for the creation of comics and storyboards. This software also has specific relevance to learning and teaching in The Arts, Technologies and Critical and Creative Thinking.
 
Available for all students and teachers in Victorian government secondary and P-12 schools.
 
For access see:  EduSTAR catalogue software centre 

ICT Strategic Planning

The Department supports schools to make appropriate choices through the ICT Strategic Planning Workshops and the development of Digital Learning plans to ensure that the use of digital technologies is contemporary, effective, appropriate and balanced.
 
For more information see: ICT school planning  

ePotential

The ICT capabilities resource resource supports teachers to integrate ICT into their classroom. It includes:

  • an ICT capabilities framework
  • an online survey
  • a continuum with practical, learning and teaching resources, including teacher and student work samples, advice for getting started and professional learning resources.

Get advice

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