Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Using ICT in Science

About this Illustration of Practice

A primary school teacher works with a university teacher to develop digital curriculum resources that can be used by graduate teachers to teach within a teaching practicum. The resources the teachers have developed are designed to assist students to understand the concept of the 'particle model'. An element of the teaching strategy is to have the students use laptops and tablet computers to create their own animations. As an expert in information and communication technology (ICT), the teacher supports the students throughout process. An online space is set up so the students can collaborate in several environments, and student teachers are also encouraged to collaborate and support each other.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Lead and support colleagues within the school to select and use ICT with effective teaching strategies to expand learning opportunities and content knowledge for all students.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Model exemplary skills and lead colleagues in selecting, creating and evaluating resources, including ICT, for application by teachers within or beyond the school.
  1. How can you lead and support colleagues in the use of established and emerging ICT?
  2. What initiatives can you drive to improve the practical application of science in the classroom?
  3. What other teaching and learning resources could you lead the school in adopting?
Golden Square Primary School
Year level
Year 5
Year 6
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Golden Square Primary School, located in Bendigo, Victoria, is a government school with over 400 students. The school is partnered with La Trobe University and provides placements for pre-service teachers on their practicum. The school's partnership with La Trobe University extends into a program that is designed to enhance the teaching of science using ICT. This partnership involves university and school teachers working collaboratively to develop original and innovative digital curriculum resources that can be delivered by pre-service teachers within their practicum. 

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