Developing the vision: preparing teachers to deliver a digital world-class education system
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education / Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies
In 2008 Australians were promised a 'Digital Education Revolution' by the government to dramatically change classroom education and build a 'world-class education system'. Eight billion dollars have been spent providing computer equipment for upper secondary classrooms, yet there is little evidence that a revolution has occurred in Australian schools. Transformation of an education system takes more than a simplistic hardware solution. Revolutions need leaders and leaders need vision. In this paper, I argue that we must first develop educational leaders by inspiring future teachers with a vision and by designing our teacher-education courses as technology-rich learning-spaces. A multi-layered scenario is developed as the inspiration for a vision of a future-orientated teacher-education system that prepares teachers to deliver a 'worldclass digital education' for every Australian child. Although written for the Australian context this paper has broad relevance internationally for teacher education.