Paper - Refereed

The term digital pedagogy is emerging as a way of thinking and enacting the distinctive nature of teaching and learning in contemporary times. This paper builds on existing research on the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning and the work of the Queensland Department of Education Training and the Arts in establishing digital pedagogies as one of the five essential components of smart classrooms.
Engagement is being widely recognised as critical to the learning process. Either formally or informally this term arises during most discussions about learning, especially when ICT is being used to enhance the learning environments. While suggestions abound for ways of using ICT in learning to increase engagement, few of these reports offer means for measuring and reporting on the engagement. This paper first defines engagement that is relevant to school learning environments and expands on three types of engagement: behavioural, cognitive and emotional.
New technologies are constantly emerging and educators are being challenged to accommodate and implement such technologies into their collection of teaching methodologies. The interactive whiteboard (IAW) is one such technology that is appearing in many school classrooms across the country. To date there has been limited investigation into the role that pre-service teachers should play in modelling its effective use while on practicum placement.
A search of book publications revealed that few refer to Australian and New Zealand ICT initiatives in schools. Consequently, pre-service teachers and practising teachers in Australian Universities and schools are largely restricted to the study of initiatives undertaken elsewhere. Apart from some presence in Journals and Conference Proceedings, there is a silence in terms of telling Australian ICT stories in book publications.
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