Top 10 in Stem

SmartLessons, Tips and Tricks
We have picked 10 of the best Stem programs and tv series to use in your next class. All Ages.


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The Good Doctor (s01e01)

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R U OK? – Mental Health in Schools

Tips and Tricks

R u OK?

We ask our friends and families, but what about the people we spend most of our lives around? Our students and fellow staff members.

Here are some digital resources you can use in class or send home with your students.

Australian Story – Beyond OK

The extraordinary story behind R U OK? Day. After advertising executive Gavin Larkin started the suicide prevention movement, he found out he was anything but ok. Nine years on, his legacy continues to sustain his own family.

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Mental Health

Me and My Mental Illness


Insight – How is mental illness managed in the workplace

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The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive – 10 Years On

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TalkAboutIt – Mental Illness (s03e01)

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Behind The News Special – A Mental Health special

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Larping Saved My Life

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Cyber Bullying

Bullies – Cyber

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Bullies – Workplace

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Bullies – School

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Cyberhate With Tara Moss Episode 5 Beating The Bullies

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Bullied (Part 1 of 2)

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Bullied – Chloe (s01e02)

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For an Atom Lesson on this topic click Here


The Roy Files – Bullies (s01e02)

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The Feed – Bully’s Deadly Toll

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One System, One Price

Tips and Tricks

What is SmartSuite?

SmartSuite is the newest product from Functional Solutions, we have provided Library Management systems for over 28 years and TV content from TV4Education for 7.

In that time we have continued to innovate our systems and forcing the market to become more competitive and customer focused. Working alongside teachers and Librarians has made the system fit perfectly into the way they use it every day.

Our core belief is that Education is a right, not a privilege.

Join our CEO as he talks about how TV4Education began.

In that short time, we have well over 100,000 educational videos requested by teachers within Australia (4x More than our closest competitor). Each and every video has had their ads removed. This was done right from the beginning so that we don’t add more work to your staffs’ already incredibly busy work load.

We also provide all channels from free to air and Foxtel, with unlimited daily requests. You want it? We will get it, we aren’t here to tell you what resources you should be using, we are here to support you to make sure you get what you need.

We also match the best of YouTube videos to the Australian curriculum so your staff doesn’t have to spend hours looking for that perfect video. We currently have over 45,000 videos for you to use.

If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, you can send us a request to have resources found for you and we will send them ready to use. So you can focus on all the aspects of work that come along with teaching.

We are really here to help.

Free Lessons:

Access hundreds of lessons ready to use from TV4Education and Atom Lessons, with the videos matched to them.

Lesson planning can be reduced by up to 90% by using the Smart Tools from SmartSuite.

The Dressmaker – ATOM Study Guide

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A topic that isn’t always considered when choosing a system.

Cost and Security.

Cost is a huge factor some hosting providers charge schools thousands a year. Here at Functional Solutions, we own our cloud. This means no hidden costs, all content from us is free to store in the system.

The second is security. Do you know where your data is stored and if it is safe? If your provider uses a cloud provider that stores data outside of Australia, you might be in breach of the rules from the Education Department. With more and more cyber attacks making sure your data is safe should be something you take into consideration.

Functional Solutions has the latest in security patches and firewalls to keep your data safe.

If you are unsure about what to look out for in the cloud you can read this post.


Library System:

The advanced features of the Library System within SmartSuite truly need to be seen. You can book in a demo at the bottom of this page & see how this will work for your school.




With the widget based system that is SmartSuite the system will continue to grow with the ever changing needs of schools. Allowing you to use the system in the way that works for you.

Other systems talk about Integration

– an act or instance of integrating an organization, place of business, school, etc.

Why do they integrate? Because they only offer one solution to the many that are essential to running your school. Using multiple companies means more training for staff, longer down times, greatly reduced efficiency switching between systems and all at a much higher cost.

The latest blog post from our CEO discusses these problems within the industry.

Ramblings of the CEO


Have a look at SmartSuite, we have been working with schools for as long as I have been alive (28 years is a long time for an I.T. company) and we have launched the best system we have ever made.

Have a look at what other schools are saying about SmartSuite.


Book in a demo, can you really afford not to?

Primary Schools Flat Fee $1750 + Gst & annual support

Secondary Schools with less than 500 students Flat Fee $1750 + Gst & annual support

Secondary Schools with more than 500 students Flat Fee $2750 + Gst & annual support

8 Groundhog Day Moments That Pretty Much Sum Up term 3

Tips and Tricks

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Term 3 – Looks familiar

Going over topics you have already covered.

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When you have set up your classroom ready for the term and it starts getting messy.

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When your students begin to show interest.

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And then you mention the upcoming tests.

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When you can’t hang out on the weekends because you have to spend them grading.

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When a student you have been working with finally “get’s it”

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And your students complain about the upcoming tests.


But eventually it all comes together and it was worth the journey and hard work because they say thank you for everything.

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Never seen the movie? You can watch it here


Free Educational Videos for the Classroom

Newsletters, Tips and Tricks

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Just like you, I enjoy a good freebie. So here are my top tips for finding free educational videos to use in the Australian classroom.


The most famous and most probably the largest video hosting website in the world.

YouTube is great, it has so many videos on there we can spend hours watching just one topic, whenever I have a problem either on the computer or in real life I can find a video that shows me what to do and this is the same with education and using videos in your classroom.

So like they said:

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But how much is it actually costing you in time? (our most precious resource) both personally and professionally to use youtube to find these videos? How do we know which video is good and which one demonstrates exactly what we are looking for?

Don’t despair, we have something pretty neat to help you.

Curated YouTube, from TV4Education our research team have gone through YouTube to find the best videos and matched them to the Australian Curriculum. This means you can do one search and find what’s relevant and actually good. Failing that you can search through the over 101 thousand videos on TV4Education from free to air and Foxtel.

So let’s help your staff save time and save you money by giving them all the best content in an easy to find, matched to the curriculum way.

Don’t forget you can find all the ATOM Lessons match with their accompanying multimedia here:

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Why we will never discount

Newsletters, Tips and Tricks

Strange huh? A company who tells you that they will never discount and we stand behind that 100%

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Our core principles are that all students deserve an education and therefore the price for our services are the most competitive in the market, so there will never be a need to.

We all love discounts and special offers, but how much do discounts actually cost us?


The biggest question is How will the recoup their lost revenue?

  • By charging me more next year?
  • Having some dodgy unethical fine print such as vendor lock-in?
  • Signing me up for 1 year but then bill me for 3 at a higher rate?
  • Have they been overcharging me for years?
  • Will they overcharge me in the future?
  • Am I getting a stripped down basic service?

All of these sales tactics have been used to target schools in Australia.


So how can we keep our prices so competitive and what is in the fine print of our contract?

We have no fine print or sales tactics, but this is what we do to keep our prices competitive.

  1. Spending money on improving our system not expensive marketing. Look at our SmartSuite system. A mix of artificial intelligence, weighted searching, multimedia and a myriad of lessons.
  2. Australian Owned and Operated – We don’t have a large overseas company siphoning off as much money as they can. We have a talented Australian Team.
  3. Every video on the system is ad-free – We don’t have to all of a sudden employ extra staff to edit videos after years of getting our clients to do the hard work for us.
  4. Small sales team – Our product sells itself.
  5. We own our own cloud, this means we are not paying for expensive storage and then passing this onto our customers.

Our service includes the largest collection of educational videos in Australia; over 100,000. A new state of the art widget-based system that allows you use the system your way.

Hundreds of lessons ready to use with multimedia to match. Teacher, student, and parent collaboration tools.

Give us a call now and find out if SmartSuite will fit into your school


TV4Education – Training Series

Tips and Tricks, training, Video Highlights

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***The series will be broadcast on youtube live. Why? Everyone has access to youtube – even if your school blocks youtube you will be able to watch from home or on your own device. Our training videos will be short and sweet so this way you can be ready to watch straight away – without waiting for any apps or downloads to be able to view the session.

What it will cover and who should watch – Learn everything there is to know about the NEW TV4Education. Now in Smartsuite, TV4Education has more features and add ons than ever before – AND it’s easier to use. If you’re a Teacher, Library Team Member, IT, Head of Learning or Principal, this series is for you.

Register here for our training series. We will verify the school you are from and then you will be sent the links to the newest available training video.

If you’re not already following our youtube channel – please do go ahead and subscribe – that way you’ll be the first to see any new video updates and announcements on TV4Education. You can also subscribe to our Functional Solutions page here.

Wannacry, Vendor Lockin, The Cloud and your School

Tips and Tricks

The Cyber Attack That Stopped The World

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What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a kind of cyber attack that involves hackers taking control of a computer system and blocking access to your data until a ransom is paid.


Governments, companies, and agencies from all over the were attacked by a malware virus. A malicious piece of code that encrypts your data and holds is for ransom. Demanding funds in return for your precious data. This is not only bad that your data has been held for ransom, but this also means an external body has access to your data a huge breach of rules set out by the department of education.

Now how does this all relate to being in the cloud? Well in the cloud there are constant backups meaning if you were to be attacked by a ransomware virus you could easily reinstall the last backup or instance of data which is normally only a day old. Secondly, cloud servers are constantly updated with the latest in security and patches to prevent such exploits or hacks.

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Another less known type of ransomware is Vendor lock-in, this is when a company who you have paid to use their services has your data will charge you very high fees to get your data back from them. This has happened to Australian schools so contact your service provider and ask them if this applies to your school.

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Always check the fine print before signing anything. Lucky for you, we have none.


We have our own cloud, this means your data is protected by every measure possible. The latest updates and security patches, firewalls and encryption. Backups can be restored rapidly and you can have peace of mind you are within the rules of the education department preventing your information from being stored offshore. (Amazon cloud or Microsoft cloud store information off shore)

For more information on Smartsuite and the cloud contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions or provide you with more information.