Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT)

MacICT was closed in 2016. This website remains as a record of the research conducted and courses run during its operation.

MacICT was a collaboration between the NSW Department of Education and Macquarie University. It provided professional learning services for the K – 12 educational sector including both teacher and student workshops, courses and projects. These services addressed content, pedagogy and the innovative integration of existing and emerging technologies. In collaboration with academic partners, MacICT also pursued an innovative research agenda.


MacICT designs, develops and runs teacher professional learning courses.

Student Excursions

Bring your class to Macquarie University for a day of fun and learning!


Read our blog and get advice from the staff here at MacICT.

At MacICT we believe that learning how to use technology is not enough; the heart of 21st century learning is about becoming a proficient and independent lifelong learner.

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MacICT 2017

We have received official communication from the NSW Department of Education and Macquarie University regarding MacICT’s future. Please click below to read the letter.

Read the official communication

The team at MacICT would like to sincerely thank all the teachers and students for their support of our services over the last five years (2012 – 2016) of this current iteration of MacICT.

During this time, our team have facilitated over 330 professional learning events with over 5,400 participants from more than 2,100 schools. Over 15,000 students from over 300 schools participated in more than 600 excursions.

It has been an immense privilege for the team to work with so many fabulous educators from across NSW. We feel we have gained as much from working with you as we hope you have gained from working with us.

The MacICT team have all found new opportunities for next year and I wish the team all the best in their future endeavours. We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and holiday period and an exciting and rewarding 2017.

Cathie Howe, on behalf of the team at MacICT

Centre Manager

Latest News

Coding in the Classroom

Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill for 21st century learners. By learning to code, students are also learning mathematical and computational thinking, strategies for problem solving, systematic reasoning, project design and how to effectively communicate their ideas.


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Writing Revolution

Literacy is changing. Technology has become an intermediary to everything we do. In this context, it is crucial that educators stay abreast of technological innovation as it happens so that we may continue to provide relevant and meaningful learning experiences for our students.

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Bringing Programming to Life with Physical Computing

Physical computing is a way to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) learning, and in particular, Computer Science.


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Latest Blog Posts

What is your understanding of ‘multimodality’?

(Part 2 of a six-part series on 21st century Literacy) Multimodal text has always been a part of the English curriculum in NSW schools, but since the implementation of the new national Curriculum began in 2014, teachers are hearing a lot more about multimodality. So,...

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The changing face of literacy

(This is Part ONE of a six-part series on 21st Century literacy). Literacy is changing. As teachers we know this, we see it in our classrooms every day. It is no longer enough to teach kids how to form and interpret marks on a page so they can read and write well...

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About MacICT

Located in NSW, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT) is a collaboration between the NSW Department of Education and Macquarie University. The Centre provides statewide professional learning services to both government and non-government schools and communities whilst pursuing an innovative research agenda.

MacICT’s services support the meaningful and innovative integration of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning to support syllabus implementation and pedagogy. The team develops comprehensive professional learning courses delivered in a blended approach.

MacICT is also able to connect and collaborate with educational institutions and industry partners to inform the education community and provide significant research insights into the capacity of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning and the way school context shapes the use of technology.

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PLEASE NOTE: MacICT was closed in 2016. This website remains as a record of the research conducted and courses run during its operation.