Paper - Non-Refereed

Blaxland, Wentworth, Lawson et al crossed the Great Divide in 1813, and they thought they had it tough! Generally speaking, most students today possess IT skills well above those of most teachers - the Digital Divide. How do we cope with that yet provide meaningful learning experiences for those students in our classrooms? This session will explore what students of today are doing with technology, with examples from schools that are getting IT right. We will examine current and emerging technologies and how all this relates to the effective use of digital technologies in our classrooms.
This paper describes SmartBots, an online robotics extension program for middle school students (aged 10 to 14 years). This successful initiative ran for the first time in Tasmania in 2007, and was the result of collaboration between the federally funded SiMERR project (Science, Information and Communication Technology and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia) and CELO (The Tasmanian Department of Education
Argument Mapping lends itself well to the critical analysis of leadership. All leaders take actions that lead to successes and failures over time and mapping these episodes is made easier using appropriate software that visually depicts the logic and evidence in an analysis. To connect or contextualise this relatively new topic of argument mapping to a senior military audience from 20 countries, the controversial leadership of US General George S. Patton during World War Two was used as a case study.
This presentation will focus on introducing participants to The 21st Century Learning Institute a global program to help educators to teach these 21st Century skills in the context of existing classroom activities, in order to give students a head start in their future careers.
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