Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_50



Parents of schoolchildren want to be well informed and know as much as possible about their children’s school and how their children are progressing at school. In 2010 the State Government of Victoria, Australia, launched an online system, the Ultranet, for connecting and informing school communities using web-based technology. The Ultranet was launched in 2010 and, after a short life, finally abandoned in June 2013. This entry addresses the socio-technical nature of the Ultranet, its development, and the possibilities it offered and examines why they did not fully eventuate.

The Ultranet was intended to support knowledge sharing across Victorian Government Schools and to be used by over 540,000 students and their parents in 1,555 government schools along with their 40,000 teachers (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010; DEECD 2010b). It was intended to provide facilities for keeping parents informed about their children’s schooling...
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