Paper - Refereed

A search of book publications revealed that few refer to Australian and New Zealand ICT initiatives in schools. Consequently, pre-service teachers and practising teachers in Australian Universities and schools are largely restricted to the study of initiatives undertaken elsewhere. Apart from some presence in Journals and Conference Proceedings, there is a silence in terms of telling Australian ICT stories in book publications.
Access to digital technologies and the World Wide Web is changing some learning activities that occur in classrooms. In a doctoral study of five beginning teachers in secondary schools it was found that the purpose and the learning that was occurring while using the digital technologies varied. A matrix was designed and applied to evaluate learning activities that use digital technologies. It was developed through consideration of current thinking about the nature of knowledge, creativity, learning theories for the digital age, and existing taxonomies.
Digital technologies were integrated into a New Zealand year 12 geography classroom to help students construct an understanding of urban processes within their own urban setting and Sao Paulo. This involved the use of an online learning environment, student developed blogs, interactive quizzes and an interactive whiteboard. The aim was to help students to construct their understanding of geographical concepts. This paper explores the responses of the students to the use of the digital technologies to construct knowledge and the impact this had on their learning.
Interactive whiteboards are appearing in schools across the country, but are they the best investment in the education of upper secondary students? Tablet computers provide a cheaper and more flexible option, but can they do the job? The research team includes two practicing teachers who used tablet computers as teaching tools in their senior Mathematics and Physics classes in 2007. The pedagogies trialled in the project exploited digital pen technology using a single tablet computer wirelessly connected to a data projector in each classroom.
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