On TPACK…

In Step 2 of the Technology Integration Planning (TIP) model, Roblyer and Doering (2014) underline the importance of assessing the 'TechPACK'. This involves assessing the 'who' (content knowledge), followed by the 'what' (technological knowledge) and the 'how' (pedagogical knowledge). I personally prefer using the TPAC assessment for Step 2. The TPAC assessment stipulates that the ...

On the TIP framework and technology integration…

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Contemporary models for technology integration such as the Technology Integration Planning (TIP) model (Roblyer & Doering, 2014) focus on curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment (all important) and provide little guidance on the equitable selection of technology (also important). As a result,  technology interventions in Australian schools (generally BYOD programs) are frequently based on the premise that ...

An illustrated guide to digital learning in Australian schools…

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2011 The integration of technology into classroom practice is not new (see Bigum, 2012; Cox, 2012; Roblyer & Doering, 2014), however it becomes a policy priority due to the allocation of federal funds to improve technology infrastructure in schools and the implementation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) (see DEEWR, 2011 and COA, 2014). 2013 Noting the increasing ...

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 ...

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 ...