Is the DECV a school? Yes. The DECV is a Victorian government school that operates in the same environment as all other Victorian schools. We offer all levels of education from Primary through to Year 12. Our curriculum, policies and structure conform to the Department of Education and Early Childhood guidelines. What is distance education? Distance education simply means education that is not based in a physical classroom. Teaching and learning programs can be delivered in many ways – online, via disk, in print. Contact methods can include phone, email, chat, bulletins or simply by mail. Does the school have a physical location? It certainly does. Since 2001, teachers and staff are located in one building in Thornbury, in the inner north of Melbourne. Students and families can visit the school, and opportunities for seminars are provided regularly throughout the year. Who does the teaching? Teachers working at the DECV are qualified professionals with current VIT registration. They are teachers with proven ICT competencies who have embraced the possibilities and challenges of teaching via distance modes. Where do the courses come from? All courses are developed by teachers within the DECV. Generally, the teachers who have developed the courses then teach the material. And naturally, all courses fit into DEECD guidelines – VELS, VCE, VCAL, VET. How do students do their work? Students can choose to work in a number of ways. They may finish lessons in a course book and send work in the post. They might use the online environment to complete and submit work online. They may join an online lesson with other students and their teacher, or maybe even just give their teacher a call. And of course they can do all of these. Do you have to be online? The flexibility in our programs means that students can complete most courses either online or using traditional methods (eg. using hard copy books and mailing work). Some courses require students to be online due to the nature of the subject matter. If this is the case, it is stated in the course description in the Enrolment Handbook. The DECV has embraced the technological possibilities of distance education that now include immediate teacher contact and feedback as well as instantaneous course delivery. While we encourage students to use the range of communication options that being online offers, such as email and Skype, where possible, we know this is not suitable for everyone and maintain more traditional means of communication too. Do students ever meet? More and more students are meeting online in the DECV’s secure online environment. They also have the opportunity to attend seminars and excursions which form a part of the teaching program – real people interacting with real people. 2005 saw the inaugural DECV school camp. It is now an annual event.
Go to www.gmail.com
Click the big “create an account” button on the lower right hand side of the screen.
The next step is it’s a lonnnnng step… but you only have to do it once.
Fill in your first and last names.
Create a login name. This has to be something that isn’t already in use. Try some combinations of your first and last names, initials, etc. Try putting a period between your first and last name (Bob.Smith). Keep clicking “check availability” until you find a login name.
Choose a password. This needs to be a word or combination of words and numbers that isn’t obvious to other, but that you can remember. (“Password” is a bad password. So is your name.) Try a favorite book or band name combined with your age or shoe size.
The security question allows Google to confirm it’s you if you need to ask them to remind you of your password. Answer one of the ones provided or make up your own. Again, it needs to be something that is easily remembered.
The recovery email is kind of a backup email. If you have a second email address, fill in this box. If not, just leave it blank.
Location should already say United States. If you live in a different country it may already have your country listed. If not, change it to your country.
Fill in your birthdate.
Type the string of letters you see into the box. (This is a security check to prevent computer-generated spam.) If you can’t read the letters, click the “try different words” link to get new words. If you have speakers or headphones, there’s an audio link. It may take a time or two to get it right, but don’t give up. You need email!
The Terms of Service is your usual legal mumbo jumbo about service and privacy issues. If you’re happy with their terms, click “I accept. Create my account”
Congratulations, you now have an email account!
Please contact your support teacher to let them know your new email address.
- Enrolment Info
- Subject Info
- Parent/Carer Information
- School Supervisor Information
- DECV Portal
- Student Login