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Unit Overview


Students explore a range of computing and mobile technologies, including social media tools, which are relevant to early childhood and primary education, with a particular focus on relevant pedagogical approaches. Students also learn about the use of new technologies for the advancement of teacher competencies and educational networking. Links are made to the Western Australian Curriculum: Technologies, Early Years Learning Framework for Australia; General Capabilities, particularly Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL), with particular reference to the ICT Elaborations for Graduate Teacher Standards. Students learn to plan for, and integrate, the Technologies learning area (Pre-primary to Year 6) and its two distinct, but related, subjects of Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) articulate current theories and research relating to e-learning, m-learning, digital technologies, web 2.0, social media and mobile apps; (2) demonstrate understanding of how to, and how to help children to, investigate with ICTs, communicate with ICTs, and create with ICTs; (3) demonstrate understanding of how to, and how to help children, parents or carers to, set up, manage and operate web-based and app-based tools; (4) demonstrate understanding of how to, and how to help children, parents or carers to, apply social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICTs, including managing digital safety, privacy and reputation; (5) demonstrate an understanding of computational thinking and simple coding/programming, and how to teach it; (6) establish a personal learning network (PLN) to ensure continuing professional development after the end of formal university learning; (7) design learning experiences for teaching the Digital Technologies and Design and Technologies curriculum area; and (8) demonstrate achievement of the Graduate Teacher level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, along with their ICT Elaborations, covering at least three Focus areas for each of the Domains 1-3 (including at least one Focus Area for each of the seven standards) in addition to the ICT-related Focus Areas 2.6, 3.4 and 4.5, in an e-portfolio.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lecture tasks; (2) group presentation and planning task; and (3) eportfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the lecture tasks, group presentation and planning task, and eportfolio components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Fiona Mayne
Unit rules
EDUC5510 Professional Practice A
Advisable prior study
EDUC5500 Professional Practice B
Contact hours
Total workload: 150 hours
contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.