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Information Communication Technology

Significant advances in technology over the past decade have led to an increase in the use of ICT in schools to aid teachers in ensuring their students receive a high quality education. The rapid development of digital technologies has led to several new initiatives being rolled out in our WA schools, such as the introduction of electronic whiteboards, tablet computers and an increasingly digital-focused curriculum. In September 2016, the Federal Government announced the roll out of a Digital Literacy School Grants initiative; aimed at supporting schools to encourage and facilitate the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Students now turn to internet search engines instead of the indexes of books to conduct research for assignments. Students learning via distance education require reliable access to the internet in order to access an optimal education.

The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians acknowledges that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, students must be highly skilled in its use. The Australian Curriculum has been developed in a way that is heavily technology-focused. ICT, used as a tool throughout the curriculum, and Technology, as an isolated study area, is fast, interactive and diverse, requiring sufficient funding and resources to adequately deliver it.

Position

WACSSO calls for:

  • the development and communication of a strategy that details the Department of Education’s commitment to constantly upgrading and updating ICT in schools so as not to fall behind; and
  • the replacement of hardware and devices and upgrade of bandwidth and network infrastructure regularly to ensure that schools are keeping pace with the technological requirements of students.

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