Support student digital capability
Schools support students to develop ICT general capability skills in the Australian Curriculum. Building ICT capability involves students learning to use ICT effectively in all subjects, learning areas and year levels.
The skills needed for online assessment are developed when students read, plan and compose digital texts, use headsets, manipulate objects, and navigate on screen.
Use the reflection questions below to inform whole-school approaches to developing students' digital capability.
- Are there consistent approaches to the use of ICT within the curriculum, across year levels?
- If your students undertook online assessment today, what skills would they need help in developing?
- What curriculum teaching and learning and resources will best support students to develop these skills?
Note: These reflection questions are included in the
Three Point Plan.
The use of ICT should be purposeful and linked to curriculum concepts as opposed to separate unrelated activities. To achieve this, incorporate ICT skills into day-to-day activities and lessons. For example, if a student is constructing a text, look for opportunities where ICT can be used within the writing process.
Develop student ICT skills in all year levels and curriculum areas, as described in the Australian Curriculum, to ensure students have a positive online assessment experience.
Three ideas for students
1. Visit the
ACARA public demonstration site.
- Try some questions to familiarise students with the ICT skills used in NAPLAN Online assessments.
- Show students how to use the magnification tool, progress summary page and navigation.
2. Check to ensure students are familiar with the device they will use.
ICT capability in the curriculum.
- The applications below provide high quality resources to support students’ ICT capability in the curriculum including:
Queensland pilot state schools participated in a range of student learning activities (featuring Cy the dragon) aimed to help students to effectively use ICT as an everyday way of learning within the curriculum.
Each activity was offered to the pilot schools through a secure networking space on the
Learning Place (DET login required).
Schools are welcome to use and adapt these ideas to support the development of student ICT capability. The activities develop the ICT skills that are needed for online assessment, with a focus on reading and composing digital text as described in the Australian Curriculum.