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 ...

Resource stash: intellectual property, social media and privacy, cyberbullying

🔎 Be Deadly Online has published short clips and resources to teach students about social media and privacy, cyberbullying and managing their digital footprints. These can be used in coordination with the 9 Ps (passwords, privacy, personal information, photographs, property, permission, protection, professionalism and personal brand). As some of the materials contain minor coarse language, ...

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 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.

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 ...