Students and ICT

There are many content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum which link the elaborations to the ICT Continuum which therefore allows teachers to introduce numerous aspects of ICT within the curriculums KLA’s.  By following this process not only saves Teachers’ time by teaching students the subject area along with ICT, and the safety aspect of ICT, but also enhances and can transform student learning where students will develop a deeper mean-making process through using ICT in their KLA’s.

Below is ICT information from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting Authority (2015) ACARA) site regarding the ICT Continuum and ICT General Capability for Year 5 students.


Students in Year 5 should already have prior knowledge in: Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT.

ICT Continuum:

  • Recognise intellectual property

acknowledge when they use digital products created by someone else, and start to indicate the source

  • Apply digital information security practices

independently apply standard guidelines and techniques for particular digital systems to secure digital information

  • Apply personal security protocols

apply standard guidelines and take action to avoid the common dangers to personal security when using ICT and apply appropriate basic social protocols when using ICT to communicate with unknown audiences

  • Identify the impacts of ICT in society

identify the value and role of ICT use at home and school


Over the next 2 years (Year 5 and 6) students should learn to:

  • Recognise intellectual property

identify the legal obligations regarding the ownership and use of digital products and apply some referencing conventions

  • Apply digital information security practices

independently apply strategies for determining and protecting the security of digital information and assess the risks associated with online environments

  • Apply personal security protocols

identify the risks to identity, privacy and emotional safety for themselves when using ICT and apply generally accepted social protocols when sharing information in online environments, taking into account different social and cultural contexts

  • Identify the impacts of ICT in society

explain the main uses of ICT at school, home and in the local community, and recognise its potential positive and negative impacts on their lives


ICT Capability

  • Students ‘…learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately toaccess, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school…’
  • Students will learn ‘…to make the most of the digital technologies available to them,adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment…’


  • By using ICT students will acquire the ‘…knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities…


  • Students will learn how to ‘…construct knowledge and interact with others [how to]access and manage… information creation and presentation, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, creative expressionand empirical reasoning.
  • Students will learnt to conduct, research, creating multimedia information products,analyse data, design solutions to problems, controll processes and devices, and support computation while working independently and in collaboration with others.


  • Students will develop ICT knowledge, skills and be able to ‘…transfer these across environments and applications … with confidence, care and consideration, understanding its possibilities, limitations and impact on individuals, groups and communities’.



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