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Seminar presentation by Dr Jason Zagami and ACCE 2010 Study Tour on 30 June 2010 at ISTE2010 conference in denver, USA

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  • 1989 Ministerial statement with an agreed vision for Education 1990s Drive for National Curriculum from the Federal Government since 1990’s, States only agreeing in principle 2008 Council of Australian Governments Agreement to the process for developing the National Curriculum and funding for the development NAPLAN National Assessment Program for Numeray and literacy Years 3, 5, 7, 9
  • “ It is expected that the implementation of the Australian curriculum (K-10) will be well underway in 2013 across the country. For some states and territories, 2011 will be a pilot year, with the experience and advice from participating schools used to guide implementation in the remaining schools in subsequent years.” Phase 2 - Draft documents in 2011 Phase 3 - Draft documents in 2012
  • Each subject area addresses general capabilities - in general 6-8 of them are specifically addressed for each subject, although there is always a statement that appropriate choice of learning activities will enable all the general capabilities to be developed in each of the learning areas. ICT has been included in all the subject areas draft curriculum documents. Interestingly those developing the History curriculum saw fit to not include teamwork and to reinforce stereotypes science and maths do not include social competence
  • English “ Information and communications technology (ICT) is an important component of learning in the English curriculum. In each course, students use the tools of ICT when planning, researching and presenting their work, as well as in the study of e-literature and in facilitating communication.” Mathematics Available technology should be used for teaching and learning situations. Technology can include computer algebra systems, graphing packages, financial and statistical packages and dynamic geometry. These can be implemented through either a computer or calculator. Technology can aid in developing skills and allay the tedium of repeated calculations. For example a technology can be used to complete recursive calculations. There are many resources available on the internet and in state and territory portals that also have application for learning in the senior mathematics courses. Science This will include the use of the internet to research science concepts and applications as well as the use of digital learning objects such as animations and simulations to enhance students’ understanding and engagement in science. The use of the internet and local networks will facilitate a collaborative approach among students that models the methods of modern science. In practical investigations, ICT will aid students in tasks such as data collection and analysis through probeware, data logging and the use of spreadsheets. This enables students to use and analyse results efficiently, allowing for the development of valid conclusions, and also allows access to other potential areas for investigation. Simulations and modelling using ICT provide students with opportunities to test predictions which cannot be investigated through practical experiments in the classroom. ICT offers opportunities to provide a range of media for the communication and sharing of students’ ideas and understandings both within and beyond the classroom.
  • Importance of ICT as a discipline is being lobbied for by the Australian ISTE affiliate Australian Council of Computers in Education
  • Moving students and teachers between states - also developing National Teacher Accreditation Scalability for Professional DevelopmentScalability for Evidence of AchievementScalability for Formative and Summative Assessment Systems Picture credit: yabanji/3296225964/ One of my favourite people in the world, and one of my dearest friends, is the enormously talented Peter Lewis. He is the political cartoonist for the Newcastle Herald, and general artistic wunderkind extraordinaire. This is his portrait of Julia Gillard, painted when she was newly appointed/annointed as deputy Prime Minister, and during K. Rudd's first overseas trip, when she became acting Prime Minister, the first time Australia had had a taste of a female (political) head of state. It won the people's choice award at the Bald Archies - deservedly so!! To see more of Pete's work check out his website:  
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  • Feedback that there was little chance of states coming to an agreement on curriculum
  • National curriculum presentation

    1. 1. The Australian Digital Education Revolution
    2. 2. Griffith University Dr Jason Zagami
    3. 3. Kelvin Baird Alison Borland Ronald Borland Celia Canning Alan Drakesmith David Eddie Duncan Gillespie Douglas Jones Amanda Marrinan Joe Peter Mazzarella Karen Swift Wilma Withers Jason Zagami
    4. 4. Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education Australian Council for Computers in Education International Society for Technology in Education
    5. 5. Canada: Vancouver USA: Seattle
    6. 6. USA: San Francisco
    7. 8. Alan, Duncan and Celia - National Curriculum and the DER Joe, Kelvin and Doug - One to one and the DER Dave, Ron - Online learning and the NBN Karen and Alison - Approaches to Professional Development Amanda and Wilma - What the DER looks like in the classroom
    8. 9. Australian National Curriculum <ul><li>ICT Implications </li></ul>
    9. 10. History <ul><li>State based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>1989 Adelaide Declaration on Schooling </li></ul><ul><li>1990s - 2000s Drive for National Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>2008 Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>2008 NAPLAN begins </li></ul>
    10. 11. 3 Phases <ul><li>K-10 and 11-12 separate </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 1 - English, Maths, Science, History </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 - Geography, Languages, Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3 - “including” design and technology, health and physical education, ICT, economics, business and civics and citizenship. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Phase 1 <ul><li>March 2010 Draft Curriculum Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Online Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Schools trialing curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>August 2010 re-drafted documents published for K-10 </li></ul><ul><li>October 2010 for re-drafted documents published for 11-12 </li></ul>
    12. 13. Ten general capabilities <ul><li>literacy </li></ul><ul><li>numeracy </li></ul><ul><li>ICT </li></ul><ul><li>thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>creativity </li></ul><ul><li>intercultural activities </li></ul><ul><li>teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>social competence </li></ul><ul><li>ethical behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>self-management </li></ul>
    13. 14. ICT Implications <ul><li>English - “multi-modal / digital focus” </li></ul><ul><li>Maths - “technology should be used for teaching and learning situations” </li></ul><ul><li>Science - “Information and communication technologies (ICT) are relevant to the teaching and learning in a large part of the Curriculum” </li></ul>
    14. 15. ICT Implications <ul><li>“The decision about using technology in assessment programs is not within the province of the curriculum, jurisdictional assessment agencies will make that decision.” </li></ul><ul><li>Development of curriculum for ICT as a subject is some years away </li></ul>
    15. 16. ICT Implications <ul><li>There is an expectation that students and teachers have access to the necessary ICT resources </li></ul><ul><li>DER - Digital Education Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>NBN - National Broadband Network </li></ul>
    16. 17. Motivations <ul><li>Comparibility and transferability </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Consultative Process to improve on the Draft </li></ul>
    17. 18. Issues and Concerns <ul><li>Subject based with a half nod to 21C learning as a second tier </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of Achievement still attached to years K-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy in prescribed content </li></ul><ul><li>Timeframe for feedback and revision </li></ul>
    18. 19. USA - Funding <ul><li>“ Democratic” </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistent priorities </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of local say </li></ul><ul><li>Many pockets of excellent practice </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on STEM </li></ul>
    19. 20. USA - Curriculum <ul><li>State based standardised assessment </li></ul><ul><li>District based curriculum approaches </li></ul><ul><li>School Board influences on curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Concern of heavy emphasis on teaching for the test </li></ul>
    20. 21. Canada <ul><li>Funding de-centralised like the USA </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Province based </li></ul><ul><li>10% of Year 7-12 students take at least one online unit in British Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Everything came with bacon </li></ul>