On BYOD – tools and hacks

As I mentioned in a previous post,  the academic divide between students with low socio-economic backgrounds and students with average or advanced socio-economic backgrounds is much smaller when the schools have similar resources available (Connors and McMorrow, 2015). Unfortunately, an estimated sixty percent of Australia’s most disadvantaged students attend under resourced schools in low socio-economic ...

On connectivism – the pipe is not the issue

Learning is a network phenomenon, influenced (aided) by socialization and technology. -George Siemens (2006, para. 5) The availability and presence of technology in our everyday lives offers unprecedented opportunities for students to collaborate, share and build knowledge - on local, national and international levels. In recognition of this, George Siemens proposed a theory of learning in 2004 ...

The Technology Integration Planning Model – What, Why and How?

This is a fantastic example by Louise Hall of the Technology Integration Planning Model (Roblyer and Doering, 2014) in practice, applied to a Year5/6 HSIE unit on the gold rush. Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. (2014). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition, 6th Edition, Pearson.

#DronesinEd – remotely piloted aircraft in the non-STEM curriculum

Is there a place for drones in the non-STEM curriculum? While drones are a great way to develop students' technical skills they also have a place within non-STEM subjects. I particularly like the idea of using drones for kinesthetic mapping in social studies (hat tip Heather Wolpert-Gawron). That said, the current CASA guidelines stipulate that drones ...

On hardware and software selection…

Graham Stanley has created an excellent checklist to guide teachers in integrating technology into their classroom practice which I find particularly useful when combined with The Principles for Digital Development ("The Principles", n.d.) e.g.: Design with the User/ Reuse and Improve: make use of devices that people already have; Understand the Existing Ecosystem: much better on ...

On digital literacy and citizenship…

I endorse! 🤓 Digital Literacy and Citizenship #ResourceStash Information and resources for teachers, parents and students published by the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC) Information and resources for teachers, parents and students published by European Schoolnet Information about and links to the Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum, designed for mobile-first users by the Technology and ...

Why technology?

The integration of technology into classroom practice is not new (see Bigum, 2012; Cox, 2012; Roblyer & Doering, 2014). This is hardly surprising, given both the presence of technology in our everyday lives and the opportunity that its use provides in terms of managing and organising learning (see Bigum, 2012; MCEETYA, 2008). Indeed, even the ...