Teaching with Digital Technologies

What are digital technologies?

Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data. These includes social media, online games and applications, multimedia, productivity applications, cloud computing, interoperable systems and mobile devices.

What is digital learning?

Digital learning is any type of learning that is facilitated by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective use of technology. Digital learning occurs across all learning areas and domains.
It encompasses the application of a wide spectrum of practices including:

  • blended and virtual learning
  • game-based learning
  • accessing digital content
  • collaborating locally and globally
  • assessment and reporting online
  • active participation in online communities
  • using technology to connect, collaborate, curate and create.

DigiPubs - classroom ideas

DigiPubs provide classroom ideas, advice and digital resources to support the teaching of:

    These resources can be accessed online on any device, through any browser. For more information, see: DigiPubs

Digital technologies and pedagogy

SAMR model

The SAMR model, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura, describes technology integration through four levels.

      • SAMR ModelSubstitution – technology is used as a direct substitute for what you might do already, with no functional change.
      • Augmentation – technology is a direct substitute, but there is functional improvement over what you did without the technology.
      • Modification – technology allows you to significantly redesign the task.
      • Redefinition – technology allows you to do what was previously not possible.

      • For more information, click on the SAMR image above, or see: SAMR model (pdf - 827.64kb).

      To access Dr Ruben Punetedura's weblog, see: Hippasus 

      To watch a video of how teachers can adopt the SAMR model in their classrooms, see: Warringa Park School: SAMR Model

      TPACK framework

      Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology. At the heart of the TPACK framework, is the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK).

      For more information, click on the TPACK image above or see: TPACK framework (pdf - 1.62mb).

      To visit the TPACK website, see: TPACK

      Resources

    • Online learning and teaching – resources and tools include digital learning content, examples and support for learning and teaching with ICT, and a guide to cybersafety.  
      • Professional learning – provides the opportunity for teachers and school leaders to become confident and capable in their use of contemporary digital technologies.
      • ICT Domain - provides links to the AusVELS website and online learning and teaching resources to support teaching with ICT.
      • AusVELS Curriculum Planning – offers school leaders a range of resources to support planning and documenting a comprehensive school-wide curriculum.