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Improving digital literacy in primary and secondary schools

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP

Member for Cook

Treasurer

&

SENATOR THE HON SIMON BIRMINGHAM 

Minister for Education and Training

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

The 2016 Digital Literacy School Grants program is looking for projects that demonstrate new and innovative methods for teaching students how to use and understand digital technology.

“It is important all children have the skills to use digital technology to ensure they are prepared for the jobs of the future,” Minister Birmingham 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 the subjects.”

Minister for Education and Training 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 to 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.