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Are we creating a generation of digitally illiterate students?

ICT is failing in schools – here’s why

Just 55% of year 6 students and 52% of year 10 students are meeting the expected grades for ICT. What's going wrong?
Bridging the digital divide in many developing countries is not simply about access to ICT. flickr/Matt Wilson

More technology doesn’t mean less inequality

While the internet penetration rate in the developed world sits at 81%, two-thirds of the developing world are still without access.
Many people fear technology, and have great reservations about kids using smartphones and computers. Anthony Kelly/Flickr

Are you afraid of technology? You shouldn’t be

Many people fear technology is making us dumber, and they have great reservations about children using smartphones or computers. But technology ought to be embraced, particularly by kids.
I can tell this has been ‘shopped, on account of the pixels. Mmxx

Forging a photo is easy, but how do you spot a fake?

Faking photographs is not a new phenomenon. The Cottingley Fairies seemed convincing to some in 1917, just as the images recently broadcast on Russian television, purporting to be satellite images showing…
A digital childhood is no longer unusual. MNStudio/Shutterstock

At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet?

A recent New York Times article points to a glaring inconsistency between the amount of “screen time” toddlers have using tablets, phones and computers – and the advice of many early years specialists…
This fan finds a signal during an AFL match at the MCG - but it’s not always easy for fans on the smartphone at many stadiums. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Game on for a digital revolution in sport stadiums

It’s the middle of finals season with tens of thousands of fans turning out at stadiums to cheer their teams to victory. Many fans at these and other sporting events already turn to digital technology…
What’s lost if we lose our handwriting skills? Flick/PhotoSteve101

Handwriting’s relevance in a digital world

The making of graphic marks in the form of letters was one of the first activities of early humans. Written words are the visual representation of our spoken language, and handwriting is a personal representation…
Students born in the Information Age are digital natives, but in an already crowded curriculum, where will technology subjects stand? Lupuca/Flickr

Connecting to Australia’s first digital technology curriculum

Australia finally has its first digital technology curriculum which is mandatory for all Australian children from Foundation, the name replacing kindergarten, to Year 8. The Technologies area now has two…

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