On student safety and privacy…

The use of Web 2.0 tools such as social media can assist students in learning how to communicate information online while interacting with each other, developing their information literacy and soft skills. Tumblr is an ideal tool to engage students in subject matter and extend their “Internet world beyond their first language” (Godwin Jones ...

On developing and using web-based resources

The potential... Web-based learning activities provide an opportunity for students to learn how to communicate and collaborate responsibly in an increasingly digital world (see Roblyer & Doering, 2014).  Particularly in rural and regional areas of Australia, web-based learning activities have the potential to provide students with resources and ‘virtual’ excursions or experiences that may not have ...

Navigating the Internet in the era of ‘alternative facts’

In the era of alternative facts, #seanspicersays and #pizzagate in which we now find ourselves it is more important than ever that students are equipped with the critical thinking and ICT skills they need to access, process and communicate reliable information. Stanford has published lessons that were used in a recent study in which students were ...

Technology integration – a reflection

I recently presented a paper at the Australasian Simulation Congress on technology integration in the context of a first semester engineering course, “Introduction to Scientific Research and Writing and the Basics of Project Management”. I drew on Hattie's (2009) research on high impact teaching and learning strategies to develop a pilot program (Pilot 2) in ...

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 ...

#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 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 ...