Improving digital literacy in North Sydney Schools

  • October 12, 2016

Schools across the North Sydney electorate can now apply for grants from the Turnbull Government to deliver digital literacy programs to students in new, engaging and innovative ways.

Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, said the 2016 Digital Literacy Schools Grant Program was looking for projects that demonstrated new and innovative methods for teaching students how to use and understand digital technology.

“It’s important all students in our community have the skills to use digital technology to ensure they are prepared for the jobs of the future in this exciting new environment,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“By encouraging digital literacy from an early age I hope that we can increase the interest amongst our students in subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and encourage a lifelong engagement in these important subjects.

“This is a great opportunity for our local schools to really get involved in this important space and I encourage our principals and teachers to have a look at this program and the grants available and contact my office if they would like any assistance in the application process,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Minister for Education and Training Hon Simon Birmingham said up to $4 million had been allocated to the program as part of the Australian Government’s $50.6 million commitment through the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) to assist Australian teachers and students embrace the digital age.

“Alongside the Turnbull Government’s new Digital Technologies Hub, the grants are also designed to support teachers to implement the digital technologies parts of the national curriculum by providing guidance and support on digital literacy learning and skills in both primary and secondary schools,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the teaching and learning of digital literacy in our schools.”

Applications close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Friday, 28 October 2016. Further information on the grants is available at: http://education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg.