ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – noted with interest the latest NSW Auditor-General’s Report, Performance Audit ICT in Schools for Teaching and Learning and hopes the report findings will advance Australia’s transition to a digital and knowledge economy.
The report, developed on behalf of the New South Wales Department of Education, highlights the need for the advancement of ICT education in NSW and the need to improve professional learning for teachers.
ACS President, Anthony Wong, remarked, “ACS welcomes the report and has long been advocating for the support and delivery of enhanced programs for ICT teachers. Without teachers being supported, how can we expect our future generations to participate in the digital economy?
“We are committed to seeing the New South Wales Government and all state and territory governments build digital literacy in classrooms, both for teachers and students. The development of core digital skills can assist in future-proofing our economy.
“The implementation of the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum provides an excellent platform to rethink effectiveness between digital technology, digital skills and the value of educational technology investment.
“ACS has advocated for the need to establish an Australian ICT Educators Program to encourage and coordinate a professional ICT teaching practice and we are encouraged by the NSW Government’s report and recommendations.”
ACS’ pre-budget submission made in January 2017 is a practical example that would support the Government’s findings and we continue to urge the New South Wales Government, and all governments, to invest in our teachers’ ICT capabilities by providing appropriate professional development to educators who are teaching our future generations in a digitally enabled world.
“The Australian ICT Educators Program focuses on collaborative relationships between schools, universities and industry, and facilitate high-quality, cost-effective professional development of digital skills,” Mr Wong said.
According to the 2017 Digital Pulse report, Australia will need a further 81,000 ICT workers by 2022.
Education and workforce development are central to preparing Australia for excellence in the digital economy.
The ACS ICT Educators Program has the potential to fast-track our future success, especially for our teachers and students.