ICT in curriculum and pedagogical transformation

Text Types is an interactive E Learning tool designed to engage students in the middle years, with the writing process. It was written by a practising teacher in collaboration with a website designer, in response to her observations of what students and teachers in a secondary school require, to assist them in their understanding of the writing process.
A key focus in Australian schools has been on the use of e-Learning tools and ICT integration using authentic assessment. The implementation of these approaches challenges us to use ICT as a tool for change. Much of what is referred to as integration can more accurately described as transformation (Finger et al., 2007). There is a critical difference between ICT transformation that describes change and its reasons, and ICT integration. Each come from a differing paradigms with different outcomes and directions.
Previous studies of teachers' use of the internet for professional development and for teaching have demonstrated two contrasting issues. Some studies have argued that there is a need to provide professional development to help teachers to integrate the Internet into teaching. Others suggest that teachers should take responsibility for upgrading their knowledge using the Internet, and that the main task of governments is to provide the infrastructure, including educational websites.
There is considerable research that graphic organisers, such as Kidspiration, enable early-middle years students to develop 21st century information problem solving skills. This is because students can combine pictures, text and spoken words to represent their thoughts and information. Up until now the focus has been upon the areas of idea generation and literacy and not mathematics. At the same time many of the mathematics software titles available on the market have focused on lower order skills and drill and practice activities.
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