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Australian Council for Educational Research

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ACER creates and promotes research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the life span.

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Building innovation: learning with technologies

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Kathryn Moyle (2010) explores national and international policy priorities for building students' innovation capabilities through information and communication technologies (ICT) in Australian schools.

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Forward thinking: three forward, two back: what are the next steps?

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Gerry White (2013) considers what we have learnt about using technology for teaching, learning and educational leadership in the past 30 years, examining the evidence and setting five challenges for the next stage.

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National School Improvement Tool (2012)

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Adopted in 2012, based on the Teaching and Learning School Improvement Framework, developed initially with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, and used as the basis for a teaching and learning ‘audit’ of every government school in that state in 2010. The Framework consists of nine interrelated domains.

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Digital Education Revolution – National Partnership, 2009-2013

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The Digital Education Revolution (DER) National Partnership was established to deliver system wide reforms in education to ensure that students are equipped for learning in a digital environment.

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Beyond the Classroom: A New Digital Education for Young Australians in the 21st Century

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The Digital Education Advisory Group (DEAG) was asked to assess the achievements in digital education to date, identify what remains to be achieved, establish new priorities and develop a strategy for future developments. The Advisory Group identified key areas that need to be addressed via a multi-pronged strategy.

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Students First 2014

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Under the students-first approach, the Australian Government will work with the states and territories, teachers and parents to focus on four key areas that will make a difference: teacher quality, school autonomy, engaging parents in education, strengthening the curriculum.

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Technology in schools

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The Australian Government supports the appropriate use of technology in Australian schools to prepare students to learn, train and live in a digital world, through online assessments, broadband-enabled education and skills services program and National Schools Interoperability Program.

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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) promote the Standards that outline what teachers should know and be able to do at four stages of Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher.

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Global trends in professional learning and performance & development
50 examples of innovative approaches to professional growth from across the world

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Scootle Community

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A secure and social online professional learning network for all Australian educators, on the Declara platform. Aims to build a national network of educators through discussion, blogs and sharing of expertise.

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ICT in teacher education in the age of AITSL (2014)

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This 2014 paper is drawn from a 2012-2013 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Teaching Fellowship investigating the agencies impacting on whole-of course curriculum design in initial teacher education. This paper begins with a discussion of the requirements on both beginning teachers and initial teacher education programs in regard to ICT. It then presents case studies from four universities whose degree programs have been approved for implementation in 2014.

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Australian Curriculum Learning Areas: Technologies

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The Australian Curriculum: Technologies draws together the distinct but related subjects of Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. It will ensure that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live. In creating solutions, as well as responding to the designed world, students will contribute to sustainable patterns of living for themselves and others.

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Preparing for life in a digital age: the IEA international computer and information literacy

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The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) studied the extent to which young people have developed computer and information literacy (CIL) to support their capacity to participate in the digital age. The study further addresses the necessity for policymakers and education systems to have a better understanding of the contexts and outcomes of CIL-related education programs in their countries.

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How well do young people deal with contradictory and unreliable information on line?

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This 2012 paper examines the question of how well young people are in fact able to recognise whether information is likely to be trustworthy. It draws on data from the first large-scale international assessment of online reading, the Digital Reading Assessment (DRA) that was part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Programme for International Student Assessment (OECD PISA) in 2009.

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