The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use.

The Australian Curriculum states that “ICT transforms the ways that students think and learn and gives them greater control over how, where and when they learn.”
The Australian Curriculum emphasises the significant differences inherent in learning in the 21st century. The whole curriculum is built around the development of a set of general capabilities: literacy, numeracy, ICT competence, creative and critical thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence, and intercultural understanding.Together, these capabilities are important to individuals living in a world where technology allows for learning to occur 'anywhere, anytime'.

Lane Clark  - The world needs creative and innovative thinkers in the 21st century; it’s time learning and teaching got a whole lot wilder.

“Preparing them for their futures, not our past.” Lane Clark

Horizon Project has just released the 2013 edition 
The Horizon Project is an initiative by the New Media Consortium (NMC) to chart emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Its objective is to help educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis. (Wikipedia)

Relevance for Teaching, Learning, Research, or Creative Inquiry

  1. iPads allow students access to the same device at school  and at home, it can extend learning opportunities to times and places  outside of the classroom.
  2. They allow students to work with technology with which they are already comfortable and familiar.
  3. They eliminate the support and other burdens from schools that go along with paying for and maintaining institution-provided devices. 

Catholic Commission of Employment Relations - ER Employee Benchmark Poll 2012
“The vast majority of employees believe that technology is changing the way teachers teach and students learn for the better. We understand our role is to support staff through this change and keep an ongoing conversation with everyone in schools to ensure we get the most of technology, provide the right change processes and consider how this change impacts other aspects of the education environment, workplaces and practices.”

Research Articles

Differentiated classroom learning, technologies and school improvement: What experience and research can tell us. 
Kathryn Moyle (2012)
Charles Darwin University, NT. 

What is 21st Century Learning?