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How is Technology Transforming Education?  

"Digital tools are now changing the planet. These new tools provide opportunities and a palette of possibilities for all students, not just a few."

A conversation with Sir Ken Robinson (Author, Educator & Creativity Expert, Dec 2012)

“To understand their world we must be willing to immerse ourselves in that world. We must embrace the new digital reality.  If we can’t relate, if we don’t get it, we won’t be able to make schools relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation.”   Ian Jukes


What should a 21st Century classroom look like?
When you think about a 21st Century Classroom, you should see engaged students who, with teacher support, are taking responsibility for their own learning. There is an emphasis on discovering information, finding solutions, figuring out ways to create, and presenting what has been learned in a variety of ways. Students may be working in small groups, completing whole class activities, or working independently. Classrooms are no longer learning spaces where students and teachers are fixed to the one spot. They are flexible and interactive spaces where the furniture allows for greater freedom and choice of work spaces; designed to increase communication, creativity, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.

The curriculum content determines what and how technology is used, not the other way around. Learning is differentiated and meets the individual needs of students. Students are supported to learn in a way that works best for them to achieve goals, whether those goals are teacher-directed or student-initiated.

Teachers in 21st Century Classrooms promote the use of technology through modelling and designing tasks.  These tasks allow students to be exposed to and develop the information, media, and technology skills they will need to be successful participants in the technological world in which they live.


Curriculum and Pedagogy

The philosophy of our school aligns closely with both the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians and the Australian Curriculum.

 

Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians

The Melbourne Declaration assists schools to develop a consistent approach when meeting the needs of students in the digital age. Through the use of technologies schools are able to provide interactive and multimodal learning opportunities.

The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use. To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities.


Australian Curriculum

Information and Communication Technology in the Australian Curriculum consists of two main areas, The ICT Capabilities and the Digital Technologies Curriculum.  The ICT Capabilities are interwoven throughout all curriculum areas and focus on the use of technology.

 

The five interrelated organising elements are:

 

The Digital Technologies Curriculum provides students with authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation. Digital Technologies help students to be regional and global citizens capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.