Paper - Non-Refereed

Kids Congress is a shared educational experience using contemporary ICT tools for students aged 10-14 years. It focuses on a global social justice agenda using ICT methodologies developed by students and presented to students in intensive mode. This paper describes how a variety of media and methodologies are used to provide rich opportunities for students to share, exchange, present ideas and opinions in the context of a belief in the power of the individual to make a difference.
Conventional wisdom attributes the lack of effective technology use in classrooms to a shortage of professional development or poorly run professional development. At the same time, constructivist learning environments require teachers to develop more expertise not only in technology but also in pedagogy. This paper proposes that the perceived lack of technology professional development is a myth and that traditional professional development is ill-suited to teaching teachers how to create constructivist learning environments.
Students in my Interactive Media class use Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, blogs and office 2.0 tools in place of those tools traditionally delivered by the internal network to plan, reflect on and document their work, and to create, present and deliver their projects. To assist in the monitoring of student participation, an aggregator is used in conjunction with RSS feeds. This presentation demonstrates how the learning process can be democratised by empowering students to take control of their workflow, engaging them and providing them with rich learning opportunities provided by Web 2.0 applic

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This case study was part of a national project on social computing in schools. It focuses upon collaborative document creation. The specific activity encouraged the use of Google-groups. Students in the school were able to organise their work for promoting the tourism potential of their local area using online tools. In addition, they were able to collaborate with students in another school on this and other projects which included Bush Fashions, Fishing on the West Coast of Tasmania, Pioneer Cemeteries of the West Coast and the Pearl Creek bush-walking track.
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