The Government has announced new grants are now available for innovative and engaging digital literacy programs.
In a recent press release, the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham said the 2016 Digital Literacy School Grants program aims to support novel methods for enhancing digital literacy in schools.
“Schools need to think creatively about how they teach digital literacy to ensure that students don’t fall behind or find it difficult to engage,” said Minister Birmingham.
“We need all children to be digitally literate to ensure they are ready for a future full of technology.”
The Minister has announced that ‘around $4 million’ is being offered under the new grants program as part of the Federal Government’s $50.6 million commitment to stimulate digital education and STEM learning. As such, it is also part of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the teaching and learning of digital literacy in our schools.
“Sparking an interest in these subjects at an early age is the best way to ensure we increase the number of students taking up science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to set them up for success after they leave school.”
Schools have until 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 28 October this year to apply for a grant. Further details and application materials can be found on the Department of Education and Training website.