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:
Key elements of the DER are:
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.