Topic: Critical paths in building digital skills for Australia’s future
We know that Australia is facing employment criticality in digitally savvy and qualified people. Governments have supported several projects to assist, but schools, where stereotypes are built, still struggle with basic connectivity.
Let’s look at the projects that are designed to assist schools, their goals and audience and what needs to be done to make them, and their taxpayer funded budget spend as efficient as possible.
Currently president of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), Martin was the pioneer of internet use in K-12 education in Australia (his small rural school was the first in Australia and one of the first in the world to be connected to the internet). He has helped a generation of teachers and students through the huge cultural changes of the technological revolution.
Leveraging technical expertise and experience as a Director of Information Technology and hands-on primary, secondary and tertiary educator, he continues to play a leading role as a member of strategic boards and advisory committees. These include the ACCE, the National Innovation and Science Agenda (for the Australian Curriculum Authority for Reporting and Assessment), EduTech national conferences, Future-u.org and Day of STEM (LifeJourney) advisory committees. He is also Australia’s affiliate representative to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).