Full STEM ahead - digital literacy a top priority
As the world catapults into the digital age, our schools are incorporating technology-based practices to stay up-to-date.
The Federal Government has introduced the 2016 Digital Literacy Schools grant, which encourages teachers to run innovative projects, educating students on how to use and understand digital technology. The grants are designed to encourage our future generations to engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thereby raising the uptake of these disciplines later in life.
Designed to support teachers to implement digital technologies as part of the national curriculum, $4 million in funding has been allocated to the program - part of the Australian Government’s $50.6 million commitment to the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). By boosting digital literacy and engagement in our schools, students are far more likely to have a lifelong interest in the sphere.
As well as aiding our teachers and students to embrace the digital age, the grants also provide the guidance and support systems needed for both primary and secondary schools to hone their digital skills.
These grants come just weeks after our Skills Minister and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro announced his digital reform to TAFE NSW. Under Mr Barilaro’s leadership, TAFE NSW will form ONE TAFE combining its nine online platforms into one user friendly and student orientated site.
The push to embrace the digital age in schools and educational institutions like TAFE can be seen as a win for the regions, allowing students access to resources no matter where they live.
Applications for the grants close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 28 October 2016. For further information visit http://education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg.