This report outlines findings collected from listening to and analysing the views and expectations of students within Australian education and training institutions about learning with technologies. The overarching question for this research was: 'what are the views of students and early career educators, about learning with technologies in Australian education and training?' In 2008, students in primary and secondary schools, vocational education and training (VET) institutions, international students studying education in universities and pre-service teacher education students contributed to the research based upon their current experiences and views. Early career teachers were asked to reflect on their experiences as pre-service teachers. Data was collected through online surveys and focus groups. The research design was informed by a literature review. The purposes of this research were: (a) to gain an improved and contemporary understanding of the expectations and experiences of learners and early career educators, of how information and communication technologies (ICT) may be utilized to improve learning outcomes; and (b) to develop a better understanding of students' and educators' requirements regarding ICT in education and training. The research found that students believe technology is a vital learning aid as it can provide access to detailed information, opportunities to practice for tests, help with maths and development of problem solving skills. The research also found ICT offers more opportunities to tailor education to meet students' needs and increase their motivation to learn.
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