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 ...

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 ...

#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 ...