The Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) hosts the biennial conference known as the Australian Computers in Education Conference, or ACEC. The conference is hosted in conjunction with one of the state or territory member associations, and is held in a different city each time.
EdTechSA (formally called the Computers in Education Group of South Australia – CEGSA) is proud to be hosting ACEC2014 at the Adelaide Convention Centre on behalf of ACCE from 30 September - 3 October 2014.
For almost 30 years, EdTechSA has been dedicated to supporting South Australian teachers to develop strategies for learning with, and learning about, computers and information communication technologies. In 2013, EdTechSA adopted its new name to better reflect the broad range of technologies in use in education.
EdTechSA (pronounced: ed - teck, es – ay) is the pre-eminent South Australian professional association that provides support and leadership to all educators related to learning and teaching with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and the study of Information Technology (IT) and Digital Technologies as subject disciplines by:
- Providing high quality professional learning opportunities for educators and school leaders to learn from international, national and local experts.
- Promoting networking, communication and sharing within the educational community about research, quality practice, resources, and current issues and initiatives.
- Acting as an advocate on behalf of South Australian educators at national, state and local levels on educational issues related to ICT and IT.
- Contributing to the work of the Council of Education Associations of South Australia (CEASA), the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Recognising and celebrating excellence in the educational use of ICT in South Australia.
- Facilitating partnerships with industry and other professional associations to benefit educators and students.
EdTechSA supports educators working across the curriculum in all sectors of South Australian education including:
- Early childhood primary, secondary and preservice teachers across all learning areas;
- Information Technology and Digital Technologies subject specialists;
- Principals and school leadership teams;
- School network managers and technicians;
- Tertiary ICT educators and consultants.
Membership is drawn from the state, Catholic and independent school sectors.
EdTechSA is the South Australian member of the national peak body, the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), with membership links to the industry body Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). EdTechSA is member of the Council of Education Associations of South Australia (CEASA) and affiliate member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
The Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) is the national professional body for those involved in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education. This includes educators who teach computing / information technology subjects as well as all educators who strive to improve student learning outcomes through the powerful use of ICT for learning and teaching across the curriculum.
ACCE strives to encourage and maintain a level of excellence in this field of endeavour throughout Australia. Each Australian state / territory has an independent association, that advances the professional development of its members. The Council members are the state / territory based associations and the Australian Computer Society. Collectively the member associations represent over 3,000 educators, leaders and education institutions from all around Australia.
ACCE publishes the journal Australian Educational Computing and authorises the Australian Computers in Education Conferences. It is affiliated to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Technology Education Federation of Australia Ltd (TEFA) and the National Education Forum (NEF). Through the Australian Computer Society (ACS), ACCE is linked to the education committee of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).
The purposes of ACCE are:
- Establish and maintain a national professional association representing the users of computers in education in Australia.
- Establish, maintain and provide a representative national voice for member associations.
- Provide a common forum for member associations.
- Cooperate and / or liaise with relevant organizations at local, state, national and international levels.
- Facilitate and provide mechanisms for the dissemination of information in relation to the uses of computers in education.
- Provide support for member associations.
- Organise and conduct conferences, seminars and or other programs.
- Organise and / or publish publications with a national focus.
- Increase the community awareness of the roles of computers in education.