Student readiness

​​​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.

Reflection questions

  • 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.

Practical examples

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.

3. Develop ICT capability in the ​​curriculum​.

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 (department 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.



Cy the dragon

Students joined Cy the dragon on digital adventures. Cy (short for Cyber) flew (via email) to classes to share curriculum quests that needed solving. Be warned, all quests required ICT skills and Cy looked out for talented readers and authors.

Visit the CyberQuests in Cy's den in the student Learning Place (department login required).

Find out how to run your own CyberQuests (PDF, 241KB)

Cy's digital badges

Teachers who engage students in curriculum teaching and learning that develop their ICT skills and confidence might like to offer students three of Cy's digital badges for their ICT achievements.

  • ICT navigator
  • Online reader
  • Digital author

Find Cy's Digital badges in the staff space of the Learning Place. (department login required)
Find out more about Digital badges (PDF, 219KB).

Readers' RAPs

Students read engaging digital texts and eBooks to respond to challenging rap questions. Cy the dragon really liked answers that showed an understanding of the text.

Learn about Readers' RAPS in the staff space of the Learning Place. (department login required)

Find out how to run your own Readers' RAPs (PDF, 109KB).

Paper to pixel bootcamps

These web conferencing bootcamps developed students' skills in constructing digital texts through interactive digital online sessions.

Learn about the paper to pixel bootcamps in the staff space of the Learning Place. (department login required)

Read more about the From Paper to Pixels workshops (PDF, 502KB).


Access a wide range of eBooks for students to read.

Find and access a range of eBooks through the department's online library.

Queensland state schools can subscribe to the department's eBooks digital library. (department login required)

Online assessment

Use online assessment tools to support assessment practices. These two assessment systems are available for teachers to use within existing lessons.


This national assessment practice system supports curriculum delivery.

eLearn Blackboard (login required). This is the department's learning management system. It provides a comprehensive assessment toolkit including a gradebook, Respondus and Studymate tools.

Last updated 20 August 2018