The Digital Technologies curriculum forms part of the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. The new curriculum area enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions, through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving.
The DigiTech Start-Ups Initiative will provide 150 Victorian government secondary schools with teacher-based professional learning and once off funding of $10,000 to plan and purchase resources to support the implementation of the Digital Technologies Curriculum in their school through:
- stimulating best practice models of implementation which engage teachers and students with the Digital Technologies curriculum
- sharing ideas and strategies to implement the Digital Technologies curriculum, within and among schools, and
- providing practice exemplars e.g. sample projects, case studies and lesson plans that can be used by other schools to support implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum
Who is able to apply?
Any Victorian government school with a secondary cohort is invited to apply to participate in this initiative.
To express interest in participating in the DigiTech Start-Up Initiative, schools are required to complete an application form and submit via email to: email@example.com by Friday 29 September.
What is required of schools?
Schools must complete and submit the application.
As part of the application schools must indicate how participation in the initiative would support their school to begin, further develop and/or grow the implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum and agree to:
- release two teachers to attend at least one day of professional learning in Term 4, 2017 or Term 1, 2017 (Note: further days will be available to interested schools)
- expend funding, as per approved implementation plan, and provide proof of purchase through the Schools Targeted Funding Portal prior to 31 March 2018.
- provide evidence of impact of the digital technologies in your school and share to FUSE.
Incomplete applications may not be assessed.
For further information on applying, see: Applications
Reimbursement of Funds
Schools will required to submit claims for reimbursement of up to $10,000 through the Schools Targeted Funding Portal.
Prior to any spending, schools must approve their initiative agreement, that will be sent by 27th October 2017, confirming your schools participation in the initiative.
Information about the Schools Targeted Funding Portal is provided here
Edumail login details are required to access this information e.g. edu001\S123456
Professional Development Sessions
Successful schools are required to release two teachers to attend at least one day of professional learning across regions in Term 4, 2017 and Term 1, 2018.
Digital Learning Teaching Victoria (DLTV) will deliver these days and work to support schools with their implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum.
What can the money be spent on?
The once off funding of $10,000 must be used to purchase resources that support implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum.
It can not be used for CRT Coverage.
Resources can be selected from a pre-approved list – see: Tool Ideas, and/or schools are encouraged to submit other ideas for approval to their Regional representative and/ or Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) during or after their professional learning day.
Retrospective purchases can not be included in this funding.
Webinar for Application Process
There have been two sessions to support schools in filling out the application form.
A recording of the session held on 20 September is available here.
Further webinars will be run throughout the project to support schools both successful and unsuccessful in the application process.