Paper - Refereed

It is now more than two decades since Sendov (1986) asked
A review of the literature about student use of ICT and the impact of ICT use on learning reveals a complexity of rationales and terminology that underwrite ICT initiatives; various dimensions and stages of integration; inherent methodological difficulties; obstacles to integration such as teacher ICT confidence, expertise and beliefs about the potential for ICT to make a difference to student learning; teacher professional development; school technological infrastructure and support; and the need for ICT leadership (Jamieson-Proctor, Burnett, Finger, & Watson, 2006).
This paper draws on research from a larger national SiMERR (Centre for Science, ICT, Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia) project for
The aim of this project was to investigate how the use of social computing might enhance the effectiveness of learning for Aboriginal students living in a geographically isolated region. The case study site is a small town in the vast Kimberley region of WA. As with many other outback towns, education in this community is a major issue of concern, in particular regarding the engagement of learners with educational programs.
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