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The right software programs key to
learning for 21st century skills
When it comes to the new netbooks
and computers funded as part of
the federal government's Digital
Education Revolution initiative, the
choice of software is vital for inspired
learning and digital literacy.
Now is the time for independent schools
to create an education roadmap for
developing 21st century skills with
relevance to the workplace, according
Going beyond the box for digital literacy success
The Engagement Index
International School Research has
developed the School Engagement Index
over a number of years of research,
development and trialing in schools.
What does it offer you as the Principal of
The measurement of engagement gives the
school rich data with which to celebrate
the strengths of the school. The data also,
of course, gives you an indication of those
aspects of the school, and the groups
within the school community, whose
engagement could improve.
The Engagement Index provides accurate
quantitative data with which to answer
the 'community satisfaction' section of
the annual school report required by the
The process measures the level of
engagement of the staff, students and
parents with six aspects of the school,
viz. mission or purpose, environment
and conditions, leadership, best practice,
opportunity and responsibility, and
challenge. The process involves staff,
students, and parents completing an online
survey which takes about 20 minutes.
When a school uses the process ISR will
supply five comprehensive reports with a
The overall Engagement Index for the
1. An individual Engagement Index for
each group, ie staff, students, parents
2. An individual Engagement Index for
each of the six aspects of the school
3. An Engagement Index score for each
group on each aspects of the school
4. individual score for each of the items
(questions) of the survey.
5. Additional reports are available for an
International School Research brings
together the statistical/measurement
expertise of Measured Insights with
the educational expertise of Pathways
'These types of combinations open
Australian classrooms to the world,
for any learner, any time, anywhere.
Whether it's via phones, internet
devices or interactive TV, the result
is a really engaging experience
for students and one that really
enhances the education experience for
students and staff,' says Treloar.
Adobe has participated in several
efforts around the globe to integrate
technology in large education systems,
addressing career and technical education,
cross-curricular use of technology and
teacher professional development.
'From our affordable school site licenses
to education roadshows, free resources for
lesson plans and our strong community
around Adobe tools in education, we
are constantly visioning new ways to
support and collaborate,' said Treloar.
For further information on digital literacy
in education visit http://pacific.adobe.
to John Treloar, Adobe's Asia Pacific
Sales Director for Education.
'Students no longer publish their work
simply to paper, but also to the web, video
and eBooks,' says Treloar. 'Education
is now multimedia and requires a
commitment by schools in order to meet the
challenge of 21st century digital literacy.'
Treloar notes current developments in
NSW government schools and TAFEs,
where an array of Adobe design,
development, photo-editing, video and
collaboration software is loaded not
only on the netbooks being received
by students, but also on the computers
in school classrooms, high school and
TAFE labs, and across staff computers.
Adobe software combinations
that students and teachers benefit
from include: Acrobat Pro for easy
collaboration and reporting; Adobe
Connect for distance education delivery;
and Flash Media Server for streaming
video and real-time communication.
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