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$40million for ICT PD in Australia.

Julia Gillard

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Back in February this year, Julia Gillard announced a $40 million ‘Digital Strategy for Teachers and School Leaders’ package to support teacher PD in ICT.

The Government will consult with education sectors to determine how ICT proficiency can best be achieved in schools and the first part of the strategy will develop a national ICT self-assessment tool to be trialled in selected schools from February 2011. (Gillard, 2010)

The media release is a little fact-lite, yet it sounds like the focus here may be on teachers’ ICT skills. Whilst skills are important, the research suggests that such a focus may be the reason that previous and existing ICT PD hasn’t brought about the intended change. Focusing on skills shifts the attention on keeping up with tech-savy students as opposed to engaging with pedagogical concerns and questioning how we can add value to student learning outcomes.

Gillard, J. (2010, February 18). Media Release: $40m for teachers’ professional development in ICT. Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).Canberra. Australia. Retrieved from the DEEWR website: http://www.deewr.gov.au/ministers/gillard/media/releases/pages/article_100218_130817.aspx

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