The NSW Government's Computers in Schools Program aims to equip schools for the future and enhance the computer literacy skills of all students.
Many innovative and varied programs have been implemented recently to expand the use of technology in teaching across the curriculum.
Some of the projects include using the internet to encourage reading. For example, a project had students read a text by well known author Morris Gleitzman. They were then encouraged to explore his website, complete written activities and communicate with other students through email in order to extend their knowledge of the author.
Another project, the Backyard Biodiversity project, introduced students to scientific techniques and research through mapping the biodiversity of species in their local environment. They trapped invertebrate specimens then compiled their data in spreadsheets. Their research was communicated via email and videoconferencing to the Australian Museum.
In another project, students worked in small groups to make a short video of their own storylines using movies, music and sound effects.