Learning with 21St Century Skills – ICT


Without question, we are all learning and teaching in an information rich society (Bawden, 2012., Wesch, M. 2009). Not limited to the young ‘digital natives’ “We are all the Google generation, the young and old, the professor and the student and the teacher and the child” (Bawden, 2012).

The change from an industrial to technical paradigm in society and the workforce has made the teaching of 21st Century Skills essential (Zhao 2013., UNESCO 2015). The use of 21st century skills features strongly at St Luke’s through the ‘Pillars’.

As we have become more proficient with the use of the Pillars at St Luke’s we are able to delve deeper into understanding the requirements of the Australian General Capabilities. One which often raises questions is the ICT Capabilities Continuum.

In an effort to understand this further, and as part of my uni course (Masters of Education, Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) I have put together some examples to help us understand this more deeply.   The website is in two parts.

The digital essay aims to draw together some of the available research and professional learning with real life student examples and tools to demonstrate how the ICT Capabilities can be addressed in the classroom. Organised around the five interrelated strands, an introduction or explanation of the strand is complemented by a ‘Thinklink’ which provides a variety of examples suitable for the differing levels of the continuum.
Navigating to the home page will enable the reader to connect to the area they are interested in, and then on to the resource page which supports it.
Thinklinks are colour coded, red showing teacher resources and readings, blue targeted at students, green showing real life examples and yellow offering a more relaxed, but never the less useful think break for the reader.

I hope someone finds it useful!

Understanding the ICT Capabilities Continuum.



Bawden, D. & Robinson, L. (2012). Information behaviour. In Introduction to information science (pp. 187-210). London : Facet.

  Wesch, M. (2009) From knowledgeable to knowledge-able: Learning in new media environments. Retrieved from http://www.academiccommons.org/2009/01/from-knowledgable-to-knowledge-able/ 

Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. California: Corwin Publishing. The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

UNESCO (2015).  Education 2030 Framework for Action Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. Retrieved from http://www.unesco.org/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ED/ED/pdf/FFA_Complet_Web-ENG.pdf 


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