Over the past decade Australian governments have invested extensively in digital education, highlighting the growing link between technology and economic prosperity.
The drive to transform teaching and learning through digital education has been supported by the $2.1 billion Digital Education Revolution (DER). Officially launched in 2008, this landmark initiative impacts every aspect of education—from teacher training to school infrastructure, curriculum design, assessment and community engagement.
As well as providing computers for Australian schools, the DER is delivering digital learning resources, online diagnostic tools and professional development for teachers to support the new Australian Curriculum.
Four years on, the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), combined with a new generation of mobile and personal computing devices, is opening new frontiers in digital education.
To ensure Australia continues to build on the foundations of the DER, the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth established an expert advisory group, the Digital Education Advisory Group (DEAG).
Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning and Equity) at the University of Technology Sydney, Professor Shirley Alexander, the Advisory Group was asked to assess the achievements in digital education to date, identify what remains to be achieved, establish new priorities and develop a strategy for future developments.
This report provides recommendations and identifies key areas to enhance educational outcomes in Australian schools through the use of digital technology.