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What’s hot right now in Australia’s “Digital Education Revolution”? March 20, 2010

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For my next ELPC assignment I’m looking at “current issues in ICT”, but with a view to adding a decidedly Australian and educational flavour to my discussion, I’m going to hone in critically on the Australian Government’s “Digital Education Revolution” (DER). It’s a very topical media issue here in Australia, with the New South Wales government’s ongoing rollout of individual laptops to all students drawing media attention to the broader issue of ICT in education, and specifically the Australian government’s policies in the realm.

I’ll be adopting somewhat of an inverted pyramid approach to this investigation. I’ll begin by summarising the government’s take on its DER policy, before capturing a snapshot of the last month of Australian media reporting on it. If possible, I want to get a real sense of the key debates on DER that are exercising the minds of journalists and the public right now.

From there I’ll examine previous political and scholarly commentary on these debates with a view to setting them in Australia’s recent socio-political context, before relating them to the global discourse on ICT and education.

Hopefully the effect will be an analysis that moves beyond viewing these issues in their localised and politicised contexts towards understanding them from a more critical and holistic perspective. We can only hope!

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