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Australian Curriculum General Capabilities

posted 21 Sep 2011, 05:42 by Jason Zagami   [ updated 21 Sep 2011, 05:45 ]
Over the course of their schooling, students develop and use these general capabilities within and across learning areas and in their lives outside school. General capabilities and learning areas have a reciprocal relationship. Learning areas provide opportunities for students to develop and use general capabilities. Similarly, wherever general capabilities are made explicit in learning areas, they can enrich and deepen learning. In the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, each of the seven general capabilities is embedded (where appropriate) in the content descriptions or elaborations. There are further opportunities to develop the general capabilities through appropriate teaching activities.

Information and communication technology (ICT) competence in the Mathematics Curriculum

Students develop ICT competence as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating ideas and information at school, at home, at work and in their communities. ICT competence allows students to solve problems and readily perform previously onerous tasks. Calculators of all types, from the simple four-operations versions to more complex graphical and CAS calculators, can be used to make calculations, draw graphs and interpret data in ways that have previously not been possible. Digital technologies, such as spreadsheets, dynamic geometry software and computer algebra software, can engage students and promote understanding of key concepts. However, there will be occasions where teachers will ask students to undertake tasks without using technology.