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The Australian Screen Content in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education: Uses and Potential is a research project being conducted by Queensland University of Technology and funded by the Australian Research Council. Our partners on the project are Screen Australia, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).

The purpose of this research is to better understand how various kinds of Australian screen content (film, television, online content, games, software, and apps that have been produced or developed in Australian by Australian content producers) are currently being used in primary, secondary and tertiary education.  Please visit our About page for a more detailed description of the project.

Classrooms across the nation are now nearly universally digitally capable. Teachers are newly empowered in their search for arresting, relevant screen-based material for their classrooms and have flocked to the ubiquitous, free resources available on YouTube, despite it, and other social media platforms, being restricted in some state education jurisdictions. A wide range of supplier companies seek to meet, or create, demand for Australian content, but only a few have mastered the complex nature of the education market and developed sufficiently robust, user-friendly and relevant platforms which can deliver at scale. Many traditional suppliers are struggling or have run aground in the new environment.

Screen Content in Education: Digital Promise and Pitfalls is one of the most in‑depth studies of the distribution and use of screen media in education ever conducted in Australia. The report includes insights from producers and distributors, interviews with hundreds of teachers, students and industry representatives, and observations of classroom practice. The project has run from 2014-2016 in conjunction with our project partners Screen Australia, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), and is funded by the Australian Research Council (LP 130100031).