An illustrated guide to digital learning in Australian schools…

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The integration of technology into classroom practice is not new (see Bigum, 2012; Cox, 2012; Roblyer & Doering, 2014), however it becomes a policy priority due to the allocation of federal funds to improve technology infrastructure in schools and the implementation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) (see DEEWR, 2011 and COA, 2014).

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Noting the increasing affordability of personal devices and the planned cessation of federal funding for the Labor government’s 1:1 laptop program in 2014, a 2013 report by the federal government’s Digital Education Advisory Group (DEAG) urges schools to consider introducing ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) programs to fill the funding gap (DEAG, 2013).

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BYOD programs encourage the integration of technology that students own – or rather are instructed by schools to buy – into classroom practice (Pepper, 2017).

 

What could possibly go wrong?


Commonwealth of Australia (COA). (2014). Telecommunications Regulatory and Structural Reform. Retrieved from: https://www.communications.gov.au/sites/g/files/net301/f/Telecommunications%20Regulatory%20and%20Structural%20Reform%20Paper.pdf

Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). (2011). National Partnership Agreement on the Digital Education Revolution. Retrieved from:
https://docs.education.gov.au/node/266

Pepper, F. January, 2017. Parents upset with requirements to buy tablets and laptops for primary school children. ABC Radio Melbourne. Retrieved from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/bring-your-own-device-requirements-for-primary-schools-debate/8184520

Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. (2014). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition, 6th Edition, Pearson.

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