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SMART CLASSROOMS - Tech lessons for tomorrow's teachers

MARCH 2009

A group of aspiring teachers have been earning their Smart Classrooms stripes in an effort to boost information and communication technology in the classrooms of tomorrow.

University of Sunshine Coast students Nicole Lancaster, Brooke Mitchell, Judith Hennessey Daniella Scalova (front row) and Christie Currie (back row) receive their vouchers, with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Greg Hill, Associate Professor of Education Juhani Tuovinen and ICT Innovation Centre manager Brett Burgess (back row).

Towards the end of last year, 60 education students from the University of the Sunshine Coast received vouchers from Education Queensland.

The vouchers helped them complete the ICT Certificate, the first level of the Smart Classrooms Professional Development Framework.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Greg Hill said the university was proud of the students' dedication to preparing for their future in the classroom.

'These students now have the skills they need to incorporate ICT into their lessons and match the kids they are teaching,' Mr Hill said.

'This is quite an achievement and it will no doubt prove to be very valuable to them in the workforce.'

The ICT Certificate encourages teachers to use ICT to enhance students' learning experiences.

The voucher obtained by the university students is redeemable once a graduate is appointed to a state school.

Recent teaching graduate Judith Hennessy said she was thrilled by what she learnt during the course.

'I learnt a lot about ICT and a range of devices in the process,' Ms Hennessy said.

'I also think it will have a lot to do with me getting my first job as a teacher.'

For more information about the professional development framework visit the Smart Classrooms website.