VCAA briefing on Australian Curriculum May 2011

Implementation of Australian Curriculum in Victoria – David Howes (VCAA) 13 May 2011

Hi folks,

I took these notes at the conference I attended last week.  I also took some notes on Brian Caldwell’s assessment of the Education Revolution. (Sorry about the formatting… can’t seem to remove the bugs)
1. Australian Curriculum is not truly ‘national’.  More a work in progress.
2. Victorian students perform above national average in reading writing BUT not in Civics & Citizenship.  Not a lot of civics taught in Victoria! 493.8 compared to 501.7…. Knowledge matters! Kids don’t know what they need to learn.
3. Australian Curriculum is not about pedagogy – it’s about the ‘what’

4. December 2010 MCEEDYA decision… Content endorsed… For  what?  Next stage of substantial implementation from 2013 … It’s very vague but work is still being done
5. Caveat from Coalition in Victoria is that we should not settle for a low denominator….  (Minister Dixon)
6. Victoria -learning is a developmental continuum – VELS –  NSW doesn’t agree with this… DEBATE 
7. Reporting – we are not going to get to national agreement 
8. Syllabus – NSW
9. It won’t collapse this time because ACARA is very well established… Naplan etc.
10. Remember that vels has shaped much of what is included in the ac
11. Deep learning > google knowledge
12. Skills will still be assessed in Victoria… Thinking… Ict… Creativity
+  ethical behavior and intercultural understandings… Respect agenda now in 

schools = general capabilities
13. Asia, aboriginal cultures and sustainability 
14. Senior secondary can’t be accredited until states agree to relinquish control.  Not likely to

 be implemented until later in decade… Too many differences b/w states.  Vet already national. VCe not before 2014… 

VCAL could become ACAL

15. In 2013 all schools will be required to report on ac standards as part of existing reporting 
16. VCAA view – year 3 should be replaced with ‘level’
17. Year 10 will remain a ‘pathway’ year.
18. Australian Curriculum can be delivered in a range of ways -not prescribed subjects/times etc. 

Times included in documents are indicative
KEY-revised vels structure to reflect full Australian curriculum 




Evernote – Throw your paper note pad in the bin! (finally)

Hello!  Evernote is a seriously cool app!

This application downloads easily onto your smart phone (apple and/or android…) and onto you pc and syncs the content between the two. Take photos, copy urls, jot down notes anywhere any time… access later from the comfort of your pc.  Can run on multiple devices.  Also some great opportunities to “Share Notebooks” (eg. with a class) – CHECK IT OUT! Download Evernote.





JC staff meeting activity

Good afternoon.

This afternoon we would like you to explore and reflect on the use of Blogs for student learning.

Please complete the following quick activities:

  1. Check out the video “What is a blog?”
  2. Read the post “So… how can blogs be used to help students learn?” and watch the brief video.  Post a comment on this blog sharing your ideas about some of the opportunities blogs might present to help student learning.
  3. Go to the top toolbar to open the  “Using Edublogs blogs!” page. Check the resources, which will help you when you  want to create your own class/student blog space. 
  4. Go to the side toolbar to “Blog roll“.  Click Global2 – Edublog.  Global2, formerly Globalteacher includes features of no ads, as well as support materials to assist as you start blogging.  Check examples or search for blogs on your subject.
  5. Look at the “Learning and Teaching Blogs” page on the top toolbar. Examine blogs, or share your finds as comments. (scroll to the bottom)
  6. Extra for experts –  Subscribe to some blogs by e-mail or RSS feeds into I-google

Excel – Elective PD

In this session This session will aim at a the basics of excel, in particular basic formulas (SUM, If, then……), cell referencing and graphing. We will also look at using different spreadsheets within one document. Additionally we will look at any problems, question or areas participants would like to address based on time allowance relevance.
Please provide any comments, feedback or questions in the comments below!

When learning about excel the following sites might be useful:
• Comprehensive guide to excel use including range of videos and documents: to group

• Microsoft On-Line Help: