Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:05

AIIA focuses on ICT impact on education


The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has set up a special interest group with the objective of driving the ICT industry’s engagagement with the educational sector and the impact technology is having on education in Australia.

AIIA CEO, Suzanne Campbell, said the National Education Special Interest Group would also help to address the shortage of young people choosing ICT as a career. “The lack of interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has had a major negative impact on our skills base and consequently, on our nation's productivity.”

“The National Education SIG will help the profile and appeal of IT in the workplace and to regenerate commitment to core curriculum subjects which are pivotal to an ICT career. I am very excited about the National Education SIG and am confident it will be the vehicle for creative and robust exchanges of ideas and thoughts.”

The chair of the SIG, Susi Steigler-Peters, said that while the impact of ICT on education was never in doubt, all too often decisions concerning technology and education were left to chance.

“Through the National Education SIG we have a vehicle to be more strategic, focused and forward-thinking. We are in the box seat to shape the future of education and to craft clever ways of integrating best-in-class vendor products and services into 21st century learning environments.

“As key change agents, we drive transformative change in direct response to market demand.

“Students and teachers, system leaders and policymakers, Government and industry appreciate the extent to which the 20th century education model is out-of-step with the needs of learners and the demands on teachers.

“Courage is needed to support positive change driven by ICT that brings about personalised learning. Business as usual is not an option in today’s environment,” Steigler-Peters said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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