The AEU Education Committee has developed a draft technology and teaching policy, which lays out the union’s position on the use of technology in classrooms. Central to the policy position is that the use of technology in schools should be examined through the lens of its educational purpose and its utility in meeting that purpose.
School staff should be at the centre of the development of activities that use technology and be involved in the evaluation of those technologies. This evaluation should also include a rigorous impact statement on the workload associated with all aspects of technology, whether developing programs that implement a new technology or that use current technologies such as email, ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) and remote learning programs.
Consultation about how and when to use technology, including the collection, storage and use of data, are essential to ensure that it genuinely supports learning. And any implementation of new technology should be connected to professional learning.
The full policy, along with others prepared by the AEU’s Education Committee, can be found at aeuvic.asn.au/news-media/research-submissions. Members can provide feedback by emailing [email protected].