Wide range of tools and resources available but the focus needs to be on what they can enable for new ways of teaching and learning and just mapping technology with existing practices.
ICT in Victoria has a focus on enabling quality teaching and learning.1. and 2. We focus on providing infrastructure, devices and content for teachers and students3. Teachers and students have access to a range of computers with a growing trend for 1-to-1 access particularly in years 9-12 funded by our Federal Government. 1-to-1 access provides anytime anywhere learning opportunities for our students.4. Wireless and wired networks are provided in all of our schools. Internet access is provided and all staff and students have email.A standard image has been created and is available for all staff and student computers that includes over 80 software titles.We provide a comprehensive online learning platform called the Ultranet which includes an extensive range of over 50 000 digital learning resources including teaching interactives, videos, images and websites that have all been quality assured by educators.Access to ICT enables our teachers and students to locate information, connect with others, to think, process their learning, create and collaborate. All with the aim of providing opportunities for improved teaching and learning.“Leading technologies … cannot replace teachers, but can support them in accomplishing much higher levels of student engagement and achievement. Similarly, great teachers cannot effectively reach young learners without adopting new pedagogies that align with Web 2.0 principles, and education systems can prepare their learners for prosperity without supporting the development of 21st century skills.”Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century - Cisco
What is available – An extensive suite available and schools add to this suite
A range of digital content is available for schools throughFuse and the Ultranet.This content includes interactives, websites, videos, still images and ebook boxes.These three projects Act Wild, Inside a Dog and Travel bugs are samples of digital content that was created by department strategic partners like the State Library, zoo, museum etc
The benefits we are seeing include:Better learning – 21st Century Learning skills – personalisation, scaffolding, student control, feedback on progress, selecting tasks mulitmodalLearning beyond classroom walls- collaboration tools, work out of school hours, continue learningTechnologies can give students a voice – leaders, mentors, Technologies increase engagement and motivation – adapt to new devices, increased engagement, independent and collaborativeOpportunities for connected learning – engage with information, people and tools, experts, peers, wider community locally globally vc, virtual worlds blogs wikis increase production of workTechnology levels the playing field – mitigate disadvantage, rural isolation, socio eco disparity, disability – access learning opportunities not available without device visual and touch, disengagementTechnological products are easy to share –blog posts, notices, vodcasts podcasts, downloaded, sharingA wealth of resources at fingertips – instant access to resources, videos,interactives, images, peopleAcquisition of new literacies – intercultural understanding, global citizenship, discerning use of information, peer coaching
National Secondary School computer Fund.In addition in Victoria’s devolved system schools are extending the 1-to-1 implementation
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Digital Learning in Victorian Government Schools
Digital LearningTechnology such as web conferencing, the Ultranet,blogs/wikis, virtual worlds and online gaming and mobiledevices such as iPads, mobile phones, digital camerasand voice recorders are changing the way teachersteach and the way students learn.Technology enables learning to extend beyond theclassroom walls and facilitates better access to learningresources. It also supports the creation of partnershipswith the wider school community and equips learners withcontemporary skills necessary for successfulparticipation in life.Jim Watterston – Blended Learning DEECD 2012.
Enabling quality teaching and learning 1. Students Users 2. Staff Students Teachers 3. ICT DeviceAccess 4. Wireless/Wired/ISP/Email 5. SoftwareLearning Tools 6. Online content & spacesUnderstanding 7. Thinking/Processing/Creating/Collaborating Output 8. Quality teaching and learning opportunities
Learning Technologies in Government SchoolsDevices• Notebooks for Teachers and Principals Program.• Curriculum computers• Student devices - 1-to-1 9-12 Federally funded, + school initiated programsConnectivity• Wide Area Network Connections.• Internet servicesSoftware• Software system upgrades.• Software licenses - Microsoft agreement, Apple agreement, eduSTAR software 80+ titles• Technical Support to Schools Program.Digital content• Quality Assured websites, interactives, images, movies, eBookBoxesVideo ConferencingTechnology TrialsLanguages and ICTUltranet
Digital Learning Resources - Students are provided with opportunities to take simple, real-world actions that directly benefit animals in the wild www.actwild.org.au/
Digital Learning ResourcesStudent travel virtually the world to investigate other cultures and participate in collaborative activities http://www.travelbu.gs/
Digital Learning Resources Students share thoughts an d reflections bout books they have read via reviews, blogs and book clubs. www.insideadog.com.au
Learning Technologies - Impact on learning • Better learning – Strengthen differentiated and personalised learning • Learning beyond classroom walls • Technologies can give students a voice • Technologies increase engagement and motivation • Opportunities for connected learning • Technology levels the playing field • Technological products are easy to share • A wealth of resources at fingertips • Acquisition of new literacies Contemporary Literacy Practices of Early Learners DEECD 2011.
One to One Learning Netbook Trial – 10 000 devices predominantly in Primary Schools