Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Using the Internet for research

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher plans to provide his students with a research project on aspects of English literature. To complete the project, students will have to be taught how to use the Internet safely, responsibly and ethically. In preparing for the lesson, the teacher sources and adapts a lesson plan, which he subsequently discusses with a colleague. The colleague advises him about his approach to delivering the content. Her advice is informed by what she has observed when previously delivering the lesson. When implementing the lesson, the teacher emphasises the need to follow a sound, agreed process when undertaking research online. The colleague observes the lesson in order to give feedback to the teacher about his implementation of the content.

Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.
Other descriptors
Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.5
Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
Career stage
Incorporate strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
  1. How is safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT taught in your school?
  2. In what contexts have you taught students about Internet safety?
  3. What teaching strategies are effective when teaching students to use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically?
Santa Maria College
Western Australia
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Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
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Santa Maria College is a years 5–12 Catholic school for girls. It has an enrolment of approximately 1200 students. The College is located between Perth and Fremantle. To ensure consistency in teaching safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT, teachers at the school have developed lesson plans that can be adapted to a range of teaching contexts. Within the school, teachers use collegiate discussion and classroom observation to share experiences of what teaching strategies are useful in delivering curriculum content to students.

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