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Guidelines for ABC Education Portal

Guidelines for ABC Education Portal

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The ABC and Education Services Australia invite interested businesses, individuals and institutions tosubmit proposals for the creation of interactive digital educational tools aligned to the Australiancurriculum to feature as part of a new ABC education portal. This is an exciting new project for theABC that will allow it to develop and increase its audience reach and online presence.
In December 2011, Ministers Conroy and Garrett announced the $19.4 million funding for a newonline education portal to be developed by the ABC and Education Services Australia (ESA).See jointpress release for Department of Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) andDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace Reform (DEEWR):www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2011/299.This initiative is the result of two
years of research, pilots, pitches and scoping by the ABC Innovation in consultation with educationpartners and the ABC Cross Divisional Education Group set up in 2009 by ABC Managing DirectorMark Scott.Further information: http://www.abc.net.au/learn/education-portal.htm 
The broad objectives of the initiative are to:
Utilise and promote the capacity and capability of the NBN to improve the educationalexperience of Australian students, parents and teachers.
Explore new possibilities for interactive learning in rich, immersive digital environments.
Provide engaging and immersive digital learning experiences to engage students andparents in the home to support their learning at school.
Develop world-class innovative and interactive educational resources for Australian students,parents and teachers with a focus on
equal access
Make available to students, parents and teachers resources aligned to the Australiancurriculum and aggregated around Learning Activities.
Provide a wealth of digital media clips, content and interactive tools for use at home and indigital classrooms.
Ensure the ABC fulfils its Charter obligation to educate and inform Australians bymaximising the value and reach of educationally relevant ABC content.
Target audience
The key target audiences for the project are primary and secondary schools students, teachers andparents/ caregivers across Australia. The primary audience is students and parents/ caregivers athome with a secondary audience of teachers and students at school.
There are two broad streams of content for the portal:1.
A library of digital clips, objects and other media for use inside and outside of the classroom.2.
A range of broadband projects that are innovative and highly interactive aligned to theAustralian Curriculum and demonstrate the value and the utility of the NBN, particularly inthe context of the home.
Curriculum areas
At this stage, the Stream 2 projects should address the requirements of Phase 1 of the AustralianCurriculum: English, maths, history and science.The Supporting the Australian Curriculum Online Project (SACOL) is currently focusing on acquiringstudent resources in the following areas where there are identified gaps:
English: The strand of English Language, with the exceptions of the substrands of Expressingand developing ideas and Sound and letter knowledge.
History: The strand of Historical knowledge and understanding for Years F
2 and Years 7
History: The strand of Historical Skills across all year levels, World history
Mathematics: The strand of Measurement and Geometry for Years F
2For links to the Australian Curriculum, please go to www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.  Whilst the ABC Education Portal seeks to address these gaps, the ABC and ESA will evaluateproposals that fall outside these identified gaps where applicants can demonstrate that their projectis original and does not duplicate current resources.
Application brief 
The ABC is seeking a range of projects to be delivered over the course of the life of the project(ending December 2014) that are highly engaging educational tools that can be used by students andfamilies in the home and by students and teachers in the classroom. The aim is to create tools thatwould be feasible in a post-NBN world.There will be a number of funding rounds across the three year project (2012-2014).
First deadline: Friday 31 August 2012
Application categories
The ABC/ESA education initiative will fund project ranging from $50,000-$400,000. The following isan indication of the types of projects we are seeking:
Medium to small interactive projects ($50,000-$150,000): This may be a single interactiveproject or a project with a series of interactive modules.
Flagship Interactive Projects ($150,000-$400,000): Interactive learning projects that involverich media production, interactivity and collaboration. These projects will be built on existingtechnologies that are already tested and proven.
NBN Pilot Projects ($150,000-$400,000): These interactive learning projects will explore newand innovative approaches to learning, real time collaboration and immersive environments.They may use new and emerging technologies supported by the NBNApplicants can submit application/s in more than one category.
Application process
All applications must be submitted to ABC Digital Education using this Application Form by
Friday 31 August 2012
. Applicants will be notified in writing of a decision within approximately 10weeks of the closing date for applications.
Submissions will be accepted by:Email:
ABC Digital EducationGPO Box 9994Melbourne VIC 3001
03 9626 1983
Enquiries: education@abc.net.au
AssessmentStage 1:
We will acknowledge receipt of your application. The ABC and ESA will evaluate the applicationagainst the assessment criteria. From this initial review, the ABC and ESA will shortlist potentialprojects.
Stage 2:
You will be notified in writing if your application has been shortlisted. Shortlisted applications willthen be evaluated by a Review panel which consists of representatives of the ABC, ESA and expertsfrom the digital media production and education industries. You may be contacted at this stage toprovide further details on your proposal.All applicants will receive feedback on the success of their application within
10 weeks
of the closingdate for applications. Due to the large number of applications, we will not be providing detailedfeedback to applicants.

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