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    I agree with the basic premise that it is effective teaching, especially understanding how to leverage ICT to develop skills like higher order thinking and deep understanding, that drives improvement, not the technology itself. And without effective pedagogy, the injection of ICT tools into traditional classrooms can result in distraction rather than empowerment. However I also think it is simplistic and somewhat revisionist to accuse the then federal government of spending on technology but ignoring teacher PD. The NSSCF program was always a partnership between the feds and the states. There were agreements to ensure that things like technical platforms and support, teacher PD and digital content, were included in implementation. What I think was lacking was a greater degree of consistency between states about how the implementation was to be achieved. NSW took a centrally driven procurement approach (buy netbooks first, then select software, finally consider teaching and curriculum.) In Queensland the approach was the reverse with the department developing a 1:1 implementation model (http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/documents/strategy/pdf/scbyte-21steps.pdf) that became recognised globally as best practice...running very successful programs for school leaders to help them get their vision right and plan so that the school improvement agenda, including effective curriculum planning and contemporary teaching drove technology decisions - not the other way around. Sadly, only about a third of schools went through the initial program before an incoming state government in 2012 cut funding across the public service resulting in the program being significantly scaled back. What was left was an excellent framework and lots of supporting resources (http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/working-digitally/1-to-1-learning.html) but no systemic program to support schools to make the change over the medium to long term. And Principals nowhere in Australia are particularly trained to lead bold change. Lack of consistency between states, and a lack of vertical consistency within systems, coupled with defunding the change leadership programs that are essential for this kind of transformation - that's the real story, not a lack of ICT PD programs and opportunities or funds in schools to access them. Sadly as a result too many school leaders still see ICT and digitial capabilities as periperal to the "school improvement" agenda. And while some teachers remain keen to access ICT PD, most have put it on the back burner, preferring to focus on activities their system and school leaders tell them will "lift NAPLAN scores". But I do agree that the development of students digital capabilities is where we should be looking now - not just the implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum but strenghtening the way ICT as a General Capability across all curriculum areas is embedded in classroom programs. To do any less is to short change our students and compromise their future.

    — Drew on Sydney Schools Ban Technology In The Classroom