The ICT branch won the National iAWARD for e-Government for its development of a standard ICT solution for Western Australian public schools.
Currently operating in 171 schools with a further 204 schools scheduled to come on board, the newly designed and built Standard Operating Environment (SOE) is a stable, cost effective platform.
Director General Sharyn O’Neill said the new SOE meant schools and students could work seamlessly at any campus in their region, providing flexibility and reliability.
“Through this system, technology and the curriculum are merged in a really innovative way to support learning and teaching experiences for both students and teachers,” Ms O’Neill said. “Teachers can focus on putting their classrooms first and leave the technical infrastructure to this award winning system.”
The Department also won the WA iAWARD in e-Learning for its Professional Learning Information System.
Ms O’Neill said the system was another excellent example of the Department’s commitment to providing high quality technological solutions to its staff.
“This system is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all Department staff to view, search and register for the many professional learning opportunities on offer,” she said.
A mobile APP for Apple and Android is the next step, allowing staff to view an interactive calendar and receive updates on the go.
Ms O’Neill congratulated all staff involved in developing the award winning systems: “The iAWARDS honour the ICT Industry’s finest and are a great recognition from industry leaders of the groundbreaking developments we are creating at the Department,” she said.
Photo: The Department’s Director of Telecommunication Glenn Veen proudly accepts the national award from Chief Judge of the iAwards Jim Ellis.