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What Works 4: Using ICT in schools

Using ICT in schools to support the development of Asia-relevant capabilities explores how schools can and should use ICT to support the development of Asia-relevant capabilities among students. It addresses the need for teachers to better understand the potential of ICT to help support deep, meaningful and authentic intercultural learning. In addition, it focuses on the nexus between the Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority and the general capabilities of Intercultural understanding and ICT capability within the Australian Curriculum.

Using a pedagogic framework for ICT adapted from the UNESCO ICT-Competency Framework for Teachers (UNESCO, 2011) and a four-step continuum for ICT use in classrooms (UNESCO, 2004), the research proposes the following:

  • Professional learning along all stages of the ICT pedagogic continuum is essential, as teachers seek to evolve their Asia-related teaching practice based on the benefits provided by the use of ICT
  • Understanding the transformative use of ICT in studies of Asia and/or Asian languages classrooms, as it sits along a pedagogic continuum, is essential to supporting the development of Asia-relevant capabilities among students
  • Asking the key question, ‘How is the use of ICT value-adding to my studies of Asia and/or Asian language classroom?’
  • The need to persist with the use of ICT, despite any technological or pedagogical difficulties encountered
  • Recognising the potential of ICT use in building student demand for Asian languages and/or studies of Asia.


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