Digital Education

Education in the 21 st Century

The rate of change in technology and in society is so rapid that to prepare young people to live, work and be successful in the 21st century, they will need the ability to think both creatively and critically, problem-solve and work collaboratively.

Students need skills called the 4Cs: creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

Quality teaching matters because technology on its own will not deliver an improved learning experience for students. Our challenge, as educators, is to adapt teaching and learning to new technologies and the demands of a global environment where knowledge and skills are the new global currency.

Digital education in Australia

In December 2008 Australia's education ministers signed "The Melbourne Declaration" that set the educational goals for young Australians.

It said in part: "Rapid and continuing advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing the way people share, use and process information and technology. In this digital age, young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT. While schools already employ these technologies in learning, there is a need to increase their effectiveness significantly over the next decade."

The Digital Education Revolution is a national partnership between the Commonwealth Government and the states and territories to support the effective integration of ICT in Australian schools.

 Tokyo, Japan 14 November 2012 21st Century Skills Forum