Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Responsible use of ICT

About this Illustration of Practice

Here the teacher explains how teacher confidence is key to safe and supportive learning environments when using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with students. She achieves this by supporting teachers develop small, self-contained projects that use secure ICT learning environments and supports them in their planning, teaching and evaluation until they are confident in independently using the toolset. She reinforces school and system policies in relation to student wellbeing and safety to students.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.5
Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Model, and support colleagues to develop, strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
  1. What does a safe and supportive learning environment look and sound like when students are using ICT?
  2. What flexible behaviour management strategies might be appropriate for a classroom using ICT?
Albert Park College
Year level
Year 7
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Two classes, totalling 50 students, are trialling a small project in Mathematics. The teacher has the knowledge and skills to assist the subject teachers ensure that the content is engaging, and that the use of ICT is pedagogically sound. She models for them how to create a secure and safe physical and virtual environment, and actively leads evaluation and feedback. Before the lesson begins, she reinforces to students the need for responsible online behaviour, as the activity requires them to use school-approved digital applications and to comment in shared online discussions.

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Education Services Australia

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