Academic journal article Teaching Science

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Academic journal article Teaching Science

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Article excerpt

Computers have been in Australian schools for over thirty years. Today the internet and the various devices used to gain access to the online world are ubiquitous in our educational institutions, just as they are in society at large. Most teachers and most students have the world, or at least the means to access it, in their pockets. Digital Literacy is one of the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum (referred to as 'Information and Communication Technology').

With this in mind, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) made a deliberate decision some time ago that the Australian Curriculum would be published online, rather than in printed form. This allows the curriculum to be presented, and accessed, with much greater flexibility. Users are able to download and print particular areas of the curriculum that are of interest to them, such as a year level, or a subject area, and they can view the whole of the curriculum and see how the parts relate to each other seamlessly in digital format. In keeping with the same approach, a wide range of resources for the Australian Curriculum are being published online, and ASTA is making an important contribution. pages and evaluating the links, but suggestions and comments are welcome through the discussion forum you will find on each page.

One resource which many teachers are finding useful is ABC Splash (splash.abc.net.au). Like Science Web. ABC Splash is part of the government funded Supporting the Australian Curriculum Online project in conjunction with Education Services Australia. …

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