Paper - Refereed

A review of the literature about student use of ICT and the impact of ICT use on learning reveals a complexity of rationales and terminology that underwrite ICT initiatives; various dimensions and stages of integration; inherent methodological difficulties; obstacles to integration such as teacher ICT confidence, expertise and beliefs about the potential for ICT to make a difference to student learning; teacher professional development; school technological infrastructure and support; and the need for ICT leadership (Jamieson-Proctor, Burnett, Finger, & Watson, 2006).
This paper describes a developmental model that can be used to evaluate and guide teacher reflection and progress along a continuum in order to maximise the potential learning benefits afforded by interactive whiteboards. The model was developed using classroom observations and semi-structured interviews with eight teachers over a period of eighteen months in one South Australian primary school.
Social computing tools can allow students at a distance to interact more easily, this paper reports on a research project which evaluated the use of social computing tools, to facilitate the teaching of senior years Physics in a South Australian regional school. This case study was part of SiMERR National sponsored project promoting the use of social computing in schools. The tools used in this case study were shared interactive whiteboards and voice conferencing. The paper first describes the school context, the process used and the challenges that the teacher and students faced.
It has often been argued that the use of ICTs in schools will lead to change in the learning environment. This paper reports on a case study in a remote geographically dispersed multi-campus South Australian R-12 school where teachers were provided with laptops to use in their professional practice. The laptop project was one element in a whole school restructure. The case study revealed that there were other critical factors in the ICT school environment which, when combined with the laptops resulted in significant change.
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