A MATSITI funded project is about to trial a smart phone app that will enable up-to-date information about teacher education training to reach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The app has been developed by the Centre for Indigenous Education and Research (CIER, Queensland Campus), as part of the Australian Catholic University Pathways project.
The project undertook to create a culturally appropriately device that could inform students, teachers, parents and communities, in all parts of Australia, about the range of teacher education programs available.
As Leon Appo (a Gooreng Gooreng man of the Bundaberg district, and Queensland Catholic Education Commission Project Officer) says in his recent article about the project in The Guardian:
There were certainly enough education programs being offered around the nation but none with an accessible and simple recruitment program that reached the people we needed it to reach.
After some brainstorming we came up with the idea to develop a smart phone app that would link to a website rich with very specific information about courses, while retaining the connection to real world applications and the importance of cultural heritage.
Read the full article in The Guardian.