2022 to 2025
Embracing today, shaping tomorrow
Now more than ever, digital technology is transforming how we learn and work. By embracing the opportunities provided by today’s technology, we can shape the future of our education system for generations to come.
Digital technologies enable and empower schools and preschools to deliver world-class education, and help children and students to thrive in a digital world.
Our Digital Strategy focuses on 5 key areas to help enable learning and growth for every child, in every class, in every school and preschool across South Australia.
We are going to:
- strengthen our digital foundations
- build our capability
- maximise the benefits of digital technologies for teaching and learning
- streamline and modernise our operations
- mobilise ICT support where it is needed.
It is a roadmap to improve our approach to digital across the system and to position our students for the future.
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge that work undertaken to develop this Digital Strategy took place mainly on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of traditional owners from other areas across South Australia.
Minister and Chief Executive foreword
Over the last few years, we have invested heavily in setting up our education sites with the right digital foundations – connecting our schools and preschools to high speed internet, upgrading ICT infrastructure across the state and implementing a suite of modern, user-centred digital platforms.
We know that digital technologies can improve teaching and learning and help us to be more efficient and effective in the way we learn and work. They are critical to our students’ future and critical to realising our vision for a world-class education system right here in South Australia.
The Digital Strategy 2022 to 2025: Embracing Today, Shaping Tomorrow is all about building on our foundations, maximising the benefits of the technology available right now and shaping the future of education for generations to come.
It’s about providing equity of access across our system, equipping every learner with the digital technologies and capabilities they need to live and thrive in a digital world.
It’s about adopting a safe and balanced approach to using digital technologies, considering where and when to integrate them into our teaching, learning and operations, so that it’s impactful and meaningful.
And it’s about inspiring and motivating the children and young people of South Australia to develop the skills they need to succeed in jobs and industries of the future.
This strategy adopts a holistic approach, providing a sustained focus on digital improvement over time, at a whole-system level. It provides the advice, resources and support for all schools and preschools to improve, using evidence-based approaches grounded in what they have told us they need through our extensive consultations. The interlinking initiatives of this strategy will help them to drive their own improvement journey, while also ensuring that no school or preschool is left behind.
We thank the thousands of South Australians who contributed to the development of this strategy – it is one built for our people, by our people. Together, we have designed a vision and agenda for digital improvement in our system, one that will have a lasting impact on future generations.
Open a world of possibilities
Our vision is for world-class digital teaching, learning and operations.
We want an education system where:
- All children and students have engaging and empowering digital learning experiences which help to improve achievement and better prepare them to live, learn and work in the future
- All educators are equipped to deliver effective and authentic digitally-enabled teaching to the benefit of all children and students
- All preschools, children’s centres and schools have the expertise, systems and supports to continually improve their digital approach, including providing their students and educators with equitable access to devices and technologies
- All central staff have the technology and digital capability they need to work effectively and productively, delivering the services, programs and policy our education system needs to be world-class.
How we listened and what we heard
To shape the digital vision for our education system and build the strategy, we listened to thousands of South Australians through a statewide survey, multiple workshops, in-depth discussions and school case studies.
Staff, leaders, parents, students and experts told us what is working well, and how we could better use digital technologies in our classrooms and workspaces.
We heard about the value of digital technologies in education, and how some schools and preschools are using them to accelerate growth for every child. We also heard about the value of digital technologies for students’ skills and future careers.
There was strong consensus for an education system that:
- is underpinned by a clear vision and priorities for digital technologies
- is equitable, delivering reliable and functional access for every student and staff member, no matter their location
- supports schools and preschools to drive their own digital development, improving the way they use digital technologies for their students, staff and community
- embeds digital capability as a core consideration for both staff and students
- delivers high quality resources for educators to help them effectively integrate technologies into their practice
- leverages digital technologies to reduce administrative burden on schools and make our system more efficient and effective.
To support what we heard from people in our system, we also commissioned comprehensive research to help us understand the evidence about the impact of digital technologies in teaching (PDF 700KB), and how high performing education systems around the world use digital technologies for the benefit of their staff and students (PDF 1MB). Read the research reports to find out more.
‘The potential for change with digital is huge and I am excited to help create that change.’
– School support staff, regional secondary school
‘Students need to be able to access digital technologies when and how they need. Teachers need to be empowered to provide learning environments and opportunities to challenge students within the digital space – to show creativity and understanding, to gain knowledge and skills.’
– Educator, metro primary school
‘We need an aspirational, but realistic strategy that can be enacted and utilised by all schools and preschools, to support our ambition to be a world-class education system.’
– Leader, metro high school
Building on our achievements
Over the last 3 years, we’ve laid the digital foundations for this strategy.
- We’ve rolled out high-speed fibre-optic internet to 99% of schools across South Australia (including 8 in the APY lands), providing high-speed internet for over 180,000 students and 23,000 teachers through the SWiFT.
- We’ve delivered modern, world-class ICT infrastructure within all preschools and more than 280 schools across the state.
- We’ve implemented a fully managed ICT service in our preschools, delivering upgraded ICT infrastructure, new devices, printers and technologies through the Preschool Upgrade Project (PUP).
- We’re rolling out a modern, student-centred, Education Management System (EMS) that will deliver enhanced education and administration capabilities to all South Australian public schools and preschools. So far, EMS has been successfully rolled out to more than 224 preschools and 10 schools and we will accelerate the rollout to schools in 2022.
- We’ve implemented improved ICT support to schools, both locally and via remote capabilities, including on-the-ground support to over 250 schools across the state.
- We’ve implemented a range of world-class technologies to digitise and automate the way we work to make daily tasks simple and easy, and to free up time across the system to allow our staff to focus on children and young people.
Now it’s time to take what we’ve done and learned and support every school, preschool and education site across the state to use digital technologies to their full effect.
Now it’s time to take what we learned and support every school, preschool and education site across the state to use digital technologies to their full effect.
Our vision is for world-class digital teaching, learning and operations. Within our education system, staff and students will have access to the high-quality technologies they need and the skills to use them to full potential. Digital technologies will be seamlessly integrated and students will have engaging and empowering digital learning experiences.
Over the next 4 years we will:
- Increase the average level of digital maturity of South Australian government schools measured by our new digital maturity assessment tool.
- Increase the average level of digital literacy of our students, and reduce the proportion of students below a benchmark expectation, measured by our new student digital skills program.
- Support access to a personal digital device for each secondary student who would benefit from one for their learning.
- Ensure an average device access ratio of 1 device for every 3 students across all our primary schools.
- Ensure every educator has access to a personal device for their work.
- Ensure all of our preschools and schools have modern ICT infrastructure.
Increase the proportion of school and preschool staff and leaders who report through our digital survey that:
- technologies are integrated into teaching and learning
- their integration of technology into the curriculum has been successful
- their professional development in the use of technologies for teaching and learning has been successful
- their school or preschool has strong leadership and a strong culture for the use of technologies
- they have adequate technical support.
Timeline for implementation
2022 – Key actions
- Establish the Digital Guarantee Unit.
- Roll-out digital maturity assessment and support to initial tranche of schools.
- Roll-out initial devices and internet solutions to secondary students.
- Begin school and corporate business technology support.
- Commence staff device initiative.
- Deliver initial tranche of teaching and learning technology advice.
2023 – Key actions
- Commence primary and secondary student device and internet programs.
- Launch staff and student digital skills programs.
- Launch Digital Technology Resource Hub.
- Launch new teaching and learning website.
- Commence Metropolitan ICT Support model.
- Roll-out digital maturity assessment and support to further tranches of schools.
- Expand teaching and learning technology advice.
2024 – Key actions
- Roll-out digital maturity assessment and support for all remaining schools.
- Assess progress of those schools who completed their assessment in initial tranches.
- Complete ICT infrastructure uplifts.
- Progress uptake of all other initiatives.
- Commence strategy evaluation to assess progress and outcomes.
Digital Strategy Competition
Test your digital knowledge and research skills to go into the draw to win 1 of 3 tech prizes for your school.
Complete the quiz by Friday 30 September 2022 for your chance to win. The quiz can be completed as an individual, class or whole school.
Prize 1 VR/AR Education Kit with 30 headsets and devices + Augmented Reality Core upgrade + Ricoh Theta SC2 camera + professional development day for teachers.
Prize 2 (regional) pop-up Lumination Learning Lab at your school + Department for Education Future Education Kit (VR/AR technology, drones, VR creation 360° camera, and robotics).
Prize 3 (metro) full-day class excursion to Lumination Learning Lab + Department for Education Future Education Kit (VR/AR technology, drones, VR creation 360° camera, and robotics).