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21st century education and ICT skills


The implementation of the Australian Curriculum provides an opportunity to deliver on the outcomes for schooling expressed in the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008). Using the resources and activities below, principals and curriculum leaders are able to embrace uncertain, complex and diverse contexts and work with others to seek creative and innovative solutions that support quality outcomes for all.

Viewing these videos, educators will appreciate how the world is continuing to change at an exponential rate, especially in relation to technology and education.



This session looks at how education is evolving. Ask participants to consider how their teaching style will need to adapt. What assistance will they need to make the transition into the 21st century?

  1. Watch a selection of videos.
    a. 21st century education www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O35n_tvOK74External Link
    b. Teachers: are you up to date? www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B-du0hKFv_0External Link
    c. Technology for personalised learning www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PhBTPlCmd5E#t=0External Link
  2. Ask participants to consider and discuss the following issues.
    a. Reflect on the changes you have seen in your lifetime.
    b. What would your students think about past learning methods?
    c. Reflect on your teaching and record the things that you could do as a teacher that would excite a 21st century learner.
    d. What do you need to know to begin integrating technology into your students' learning program more efficiently?
  3. Ask participants to break into small groups. As the presenter you can choose to first use the ICT learning activity cards (PDF, 176KB) as an individual activity, before discussing in groups. Alternatively, brainstorm to come up with a set of four technologies the participants would like to learn.
  4. Set a goal to learn and integrate one technology per term.
  5. Using an online tool such as Goalmigo www.goalmigo.comExternal Link or personal diaries, ask participants to create a timeline of reminders to meet their goal within each semester.


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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