This initiative aims to develop rich and engaging learning opportunities for Year 9 students in the teaching context of Religion in a contemporary classroom. This will be facilitated by building a professional learning community consisting of APREs and 2 Year 9 teachers of Religion from Marymount College, Aquinas College and St Michael’s College. It will be lead by Danielle Carter, Education Officer- Learning and Teaching Technologies and Margaret Connors, Education Officer Religious Education and supported by Patrick Lavercombe, Education Officer Religious Education and James Robinson, Education Officer Religious Education.

This initiative is driven by Digital Education Revolution (DER) program. This program aims to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in secondary schools so that students are prepared for further education, training and to live and work in a digital world.

A One-to-One Learning Program should be embedded within a holistic learning philosophy and/or framework that reflects contemporary models of learning and seeks to improve student learning experiences and outcomes. Students are surrounded by technology in their immediate environments and as ICT now impacts on so many aspects of our daily lives, it's essential for our students to learn about technology and its role in the world in which we live.

Information Communication and Learning Technologies (ICLTs) can be embedded into the teaching and learning of religion and can assist Year 9 students to
  • Develop as self directed and reflective learners who are designers and active investigators, collaborative and effective communicators.
  • Develop students’ religious literacy in the light of the Catholic tradition, so they may participate critically and effectively in the life of their faith communities and wider society.

Wider research literature confirms that a significant factor in technology adoption and integration is professional development linked to classroom practice. This initiative provides an opportunity to critically evaluate the sustainability of a classroom-based professional learning model. For the schools, this initiative intends to support the development of a learning community culture and provide teachers with agency to deal with curriculum change.

This initiative will provide a context for teachers of Year 9 Religion to
  • review their current pedagogy,
  • depth their own theological and scriptural knowledge
  • apply the Inquiry approach to the teaching of Religion.
  • embed ICLT into the teaching of Religion.
The focus will be to raise the academic rigour of teaching and learning in religion for Year 9 students so that they transition to Year 10 and are well prepared for the formal approach to religion with state accredited courses in Years 11 and 12.