As a part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, ACARA has been funded to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged schools.
The Digital Technologies in focus (DTiF) project has been designed to encourage whole-school and inter-school collaboration, supported by curriculum officers.
One hundred and sixty schools with a low index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) rating are participating in the project. Since July 2017, leaders and teachers from these schools have been taking part in workshops to help them implement Digital Technologies.
Nine Digital Technologies curriculum officers support clusters of schools, providing expertise to primary and secondary school teachers.
In 2018–20, the Digital Technologies curriculum officers will continue conducting professional learning workshops with teachers and school leaders. These workshops are customised to the specific needs of participating schools, with webinars and online mentoring complementing face-to-face events. Additional workshops have been offered to other schools.
- 160+ schools
- 2,300+ teachers
- 30,000+ students
- 15 modules offered Australia wide
- 10 project focus clusters
- Episode 3 and support materials for: St Mary's Primary School, Moruya
- Classroom ideas 3-6: Choose your own adventure
- Classroom ideas 5-6: Micro:bit Environmental Measurement (visual programming)
- Classroom ideas 5-8: Micro:bit Environmental Measurement (visual and general-purpose programming)
- Tutorials: Data knowledge and skills Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 videos (comparing the price of a Big Mac around the world)
- Tutorials: Digital Technologies in focus: Supporting implementation of Digital Technologies
and the ICT Capability Parts 1, 2 and 3 F–10 videos
- Data assessment Years 9-10
- CSIRO Digital Careers – Bebras Australia