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National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on the Digital Education Revolution

On March 26 2010, all schools, TAFE institutes and other workplaces in the Department of Education and Training took part in Earth Hour joining the global "lights out" which encourages support for action on climate change.

The aim of the Digital Education Revolution (DER) is to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in Australian schools that will prepare students for further education and training, and to live and work in a digital world.

The department is implementing ICT-based learning and infrastructure strategies based on the 2008 National Digital Education Revolution Strategic Plan which identifies four strands of change:

  • leadership
  • infrastructure
  • learning resources
  • teacher capability.

Key elements of the DER are:

  • the National Secondary School Computer Fund (the Fund) to assist schools to provide for new or upgraded ICT for secondary students in Years 9-12
  • the Fibre Connections to Schools initiative to support the development of fibre-to-the-premises broadband connections to schools
  • collaboration with states and territories and deans of education to ensure new and continuing teachers have access to training in the use of ICT that enables them to enrich student learning
  • development of online curriculum resources to promote useability of, and accessibility to, high-quality digital content for teaching and learning
  • development of online learning and access that will enable parents to participate in their child's education
  • support mechanisms to provide vital assistance for schools in the deployment of ICT provided through the Fund
  • support for the implementation of the DER and to address the four strands of change identified in the Strategic Plan, including professional development for teachers.

Queensland state schools have received over $35 million to assist them reach their initial ratio target of one computer for every two students in Years 9 to 12 by 31 March 2011, and will receive further funding to reach their final target ratio of one computer for every student by 31 December 2011. Over $103 million has been provided towards on-costs associated with the infrastructure required to deploy the additional computers required.

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