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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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Digital Citizenship—report on the School Education Advisory Committee

Papers and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety): For the information of members I present the following papers:

Digital Citizenship—Report of the School Education Advisory Committee—

Report, dated December 2015.

Education Directorate response, dated March 2016.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I am pleased to present to the Assembly the School Education Advisory Committee on Digital Citizenship report and the Education Directorate response. Upon receipt of the report the directorate was asked to begin preparing a response by the former Minister for Education and Training. I am very happy today to make both publicly available. Both the report and the response will be published on the directorate website, as the terms of reference were, in the interests of transparency.

The ACT is leading the nation in access to information and communications technology and internet connectivity, delivering high-speed internet to all schools and a continuing program to improve wi-fi access. To take full advantage of this increased connectivity, the directorate has launched world-leading education cloud platform Google Apps for Education for ACT public schools. Google Apps for Education is a modern platform for communication, and provides students and staff with unlimited online storage available anywhere, anytime, on their own device of choice. The Google Apps for Education platform is proving to be one of the most successful learning services provided to public schools. Thirty-four thousand students are now connected to the platform, and more than 1.5 million resources have been created by teachers and students since release in February 2015.

ACT public schools are committed to working with families and the wider community to assist young people to prepare for the future. The technology we provide enables our schools to work in partnership with parents and the community to support our young people to be safe and productive online; in essence, to be digital citizens. To this end, the previous Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch MLA, initiated a school education advisory committee on digital citizenship in June 2015. The committee was tasked with finding opportunities to strengthen the partnership between parents and schools to develop a consistent, safe and high quality approach to the use of ICT in schools.

I would like to take this time to personally and publicly thank members of the committee for their expertise on the very first school education advisory committee.

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