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Teaching for the Digital Age

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard today announced new opportunities for Australian teachers to develop their proficiency in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning.

Today the Minister for Education committed $650,000 to initiate and fund professional development activities over the next 12 months, including:

  • Two day workshops on using ICT in maths, English and the sciences in 50 urban, rural and remote locations;
  • Creating on-line professional learning resources for teachers; and
  • Leveraging the experience of people like you in this room by supporting ICT-related master classes to be run by present and past national award winning teachers.

In addition, $11.25 million will be directed, through States and Territory Governments, to professional development in information and communication technology.

The Rudd Government is also providing $32.6 million over two years to supply students and teachers across Australia with online curriculum tools and resources for the classrooms of the 21st century.

Assistance will be available to schools to make the best use of ICT with the development of support mechanisms, with funding of $10 million over three years.

Under the $1.2 billion National Secondary School Computer Fund the Rudd Government will be working with universities and educators to ensure the next generation of teachers is equipped to maximise the potential of computers as a learning tool.

This partnership will provide professional development for teachers to make effective use of ICT in how and what students are learning in our schools.

The announcement was made at the 2008 Australian Government National Awards for Quality Schooling held at Parliament house today which recognised individuals for their contribution to learning in schools.

A recent survey found that teachers and principals see computer technology as a vital learning tool, and the need for more professional learning for teachers, especially in the effective use of computers in school learning.

A world-class education system needs well-trained and dedicated teachers, with access to the best classroom facilities.

ICT is now indispensable in today’s teaching and learning, and this investment will be crucial for the successful implementation of the Digital Education Revolution.

The Government is delivering on its election commitment to provide Year 9-12 students with access to world class ICT.

The Rudd Government is working with State and Territory, Independent and Catholic education authorities to deliver world class ICT in schools to improve the way teaching and learning are delivered in classrooms.

To be able to compete globally, Australia needs a world class education system that connects our students, teachers and schools to the global digital economy, and helps prepare them for the future.

Further information on the Digital Education Revolution is available at:

http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au/

Further information about the AGQTP is at: www.qualityteaching.dest.gov.au

The Staff in Australia’s Schools survey is at: www.dest.gov.au/schools/sias2007