Schools have seen a recent influx of new devices – such as the iPad, new T-Touch Tab, iPhones and Smart phones, all of which can connect to the internet over 3G mobile networks. Can these technologies develop an entirely new way of teaching and learning that is better, more successful and more affordable? Are schools ready for these new challenges? Some schools are, but most are yet to fully grasp the technological changes in the digital revolution.
It is without question that 21st century Indigenous education requires 21st century evidence and policy. However, recent research has called into question the orthodox source of evidence centrally used over the past two decades for Indigenous reform, the Australian Census administered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Analysing the 2006 Census results, Taylor and Biddle found large discrepancies in population figures in what are called ‘Indigenous Areas’. The results revealed that in many remote towns, and in many outstations, the change in the census count of Indigenous population between 2001 and 2006 was substantially deficient.