Information Technology Educators ACT (InTEACT) is the professional association for educators of ICT and Computer Science in the ACT. InTEACT members are from all educational sectors – early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary – and from government, catholic and independent organisations.
The association’s mission is to provide members with professional learning and networking opportunities to improve their pedagogy, practice and knowledge of ICT and Computer Science, and the application of both in the educational context. We also advocate for the interests of our members to ACT and National organisations on issues such as curriculum and teacher professionalism.
InTEACT is affiliated with the following organisations:
- The Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE)
- The ACCE is the national professional body for those involved in the use of information and communications technology in education. This includes educators who teach computing / information technology subjects as well as all educators who strive to improve student learning outcomes through the powerful use of ICT.
- The Council of the ACT Educator Associations (COACTEA)
- COACTEA is the Council of ACT Education Associations. COACTEA is a duly constituted and incorporated body and has 38 affiliates representing over 4000 educators across all sectors.
- The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.
The purpose of InTEACT, on behalf of its members, is to:
- Support teachers with ICT integration for learning in all areas of the curriculum;
- Lobbying for the inclusion of relevant computer science in the school curriculum:
- In the primary sector, this means ensuring that students are provided with opportunities to not only use ICT, but learn the basics of creating with ICT in a variety of contexts;
- In the secondary sector, ensuring students are exposed to engaging and relevant learning experiences that will boost interest in the IT industry as a career pathway;
- Support tertiary educators and industry professionals to develop their understanding of the school curriculum, and to assist them in their efforts to strengthen the links between schools, tertiary education institutions and industry;
- Help members build professional networks that support them to develop their pedagogy and knowledge;
- Provide advice to members regarding ICT in schools;
- Build the capacity of educators in the ACT;
- Maintain rigour in the IT curriculum at all levels of education; and
- Advocate for the interests of members to relevant organisations.
To meet this purpose, the association:
- Actively engages with educators online through social media, and encourages sharing and collaboration;
- Organises activities and events for members and other educators to develop professionally:
- Face-to-face events for formal learning and informal sharing;
- Online activities for collaboration, learning and development; and
- Working with educational bodies to develop and deliver appropriate professional development for staff;
- Promotes events in the ACT that support the goals of the association; and
- Supports educational partners (such as the ACCE and affiliates, and organisations within the ACT) in their efforts to promote professional learning opportunities.
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