The Learning and Teaching Branch provides advice and manages a comprehensive suite of digital systems, tools and resources to support schools design and deliver contemporary curriculum and enhance outcomes for students. The key focus of the Branch is to influence schools to leverage the potential of investments in digital technologies, and embed their use into school practice.
DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS
- Discover: Find what you’re looking for in a way that suits you – search, filter, browse and discover resources for learning and teaching.
- Engage: Immerse yourself in content with a range of great resource types – teachers you can create, group and personalise resources.
- Share: Connect your learning and teaching with others – use the sharing features on all FUSE resources
Anyone can search but only Victorian government teachers can login to access ‘My Desk’ and additional digital resources
Global2 is the Department’s blogging community and is accessible to both Victorian government and Catholic schools. Global2 is a space for online collaboration and provides opportunities for teachers and students to post and comment on blogs, collaborate on wikis, set up discussion forums and embed videos and images. It’s a great place to create digital portfolios and supports students to develop the skills to manage their own social media.
DigiPubs are digital publications which provide practical advice and resources that can be accessed online on any device through any browser.
Published DigiPubs include:
- Digital Technologies Curriculum
- Virtual Learning
- Planning for 1-to-1 Learning
- iPads for Learning
- Microsoft in the Classroom
- New Pedagogies for Deep Learning 6 C’s
EDUSTAR CATALOGUE https://www.edustar.vic.edu.au/catalogue/Pages/Home.aspx
Victorian government school teachers and students have on-demand access to a range of licensed and free educational apps and software. The software catalogue categorises software by learning area, and provides access to tutorials and lesson plans to assist staff and students in maximising the value of each software title in the classroom. There are currently over 80 software applications available on the eduSTAR software image for Windows and over 40 applications on the eduSTAR software image for Mac.
ICT PLANNING TOOL https://apps.edustar.vic.edu.au/prism/Main/default.aspx
Schools can now create their eLearning Plan through the online ICT Planning Tool. This tool encompasses the infrastructure and technologies available in your school and aligns this to appropriate strategies to support improved learning and teaching in your school.
VIRTUAL LEARNING http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/virtuallearning/home
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:
Each region has a Virtual Learning Coach who can support and promote virtual learning in schools. For more information go to: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/Pages/vcc.aspx
ePotential facilitates self-assessment of a teacher’s current capability to incorporate digital technologies into their teaching and learning. The updated ePotential: Digital Learning Survey questions and continuum have been informed by:
- previous ePotential survey and continuum
- AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- Victorian Curriculum: Technologies
- Victorian Curriculum: ICT General Capability
- UNESCO ICT Competency Standards for Teachers.
Ask your staff to take the survey to collect your school’s 2017 ePotential data.
The Digital Deck is a set of cards which provides a quick overview of the range of digital resources available to schools. Each of the resources has a description, advice for getting started and classroom ideas. Tech School teachers can use Digital Deck to familiarise themselves with tools available in EduSTAR Catalogue