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Education Technology

Education technology is assisting in a huge change in educational practice. This is not really something new, as education technology has been changing over several decades. When we first began teaching, it was said that teachers from the 19th century would experience limited difficulty in working in those classrooms. This would certainly not be the case now.

Not only has the range of technology changed, but it has widened access to knowledge to such an extent that students as well as others now must accept they will be lifelong learners. As Alvin Toffler has said - “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”. Heidi-Hayes Jacobs says - “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event”. Encouraging students to learn how to learn is, in our opinion, the most important aspect of education.

This page covers different educational technologies, ways of integrating them into the educational process, research which supports and assists this, BYOT, information to help and support teachers, blogs and other information that will, hopefully, be of value. It is not just about computers and software programs.

Education Technology

BYOT [Bring Your Own Technology]

Interactive Whiteboards

Virtual & Online Learning

  • DART Connections
    ‘Bringing the world to your classroom’. NSW DEC.
  • eLearning Learning
    ‘A community collecting and organising the best information on the web about eLearning’.
  • The e-Learning Plan
    ‘Useful resources to assist schools in developing their e-Learning Plan, from the e-Learning Handbook and Roadmap to case studies and video exemplars highlighting how teachers are integrating ICT in their classrooms’.
  • Victorian Virtual Learning Network
    ‘Develops and delivers online curriculum for senior secondary school students, predominantly within the Victorian Certificate of Education and with a focus on emerging areas of the national curriculum’.
  • Westwood Cyber High School
    ‘A virtual learning experience offering students an opportunity to obtain a High School diploma by teaching them the skills necessary for higher education or future employment’. USA.

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Other Information

Blogs, Pods, Tweets, Social Networking … , in Education Technology

Australian

  • Amanda Rablin
    @ackygirl. ‘education consultant in ICT & pedagogy, #ACCELN hangout co-host, mum to a little girl, painter, musician, ice cream connoisseur, generally inquisitive & a bit of a trouble maker’. Twitter.
  • Betchablog
    ‘Education + Technology + Ideas. I’m an educator who loves connecting curious kids with the power of digital tools and media’. Also access him on Twitter at Chris Betcher [betchaboy] @betchaboy.
  • E-Wot
    ‘E-learning options for classroom use. Online educational resources, courses and programmes for e-learning best practice. Keeping up to date with current educational e-learning trends’.
  • InformED
    ‘A portal for you to hunt-and-gather training news and industry insights in the universe of eLearning and Education Technology’.
  • Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom
    ‘A primary school teacher sharing resources, practical ideas and thoughts on blogging, global collaboration and technology integration’.
  • Inter-tech Education
    A blog about education and technology in a most practical sense.
  • iPreps : In the Beginning
    A Victorian blog from a teacher who uses iPads with Prep aged students. Interesting concept.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • Sue Waters Blog
    ‘Practical application of technologies in education, and most importantly HELPING OTHERS learn how to use these technologies’. Also on Twitter at Sue Waters, @suewaters.
  • Teaching and Learning in The Digital Age
    A blog which covers a huge range of areas including that of using educational technology.
    You need to be able to log in to access this site. Still worth visiting.
  • Teaching Challenges
    ‘Reflections on teaching, innovative practices and the implementation of learning technologies in the classroom’.
  • Tony Richards
    @itmadesimple. ‘Online explorer, ICT consultant, tinkerer, game player, idea guy, teacher, father, podcaster, Google Certified Teacher, & Cyber Smarts Presenter’.

International

  • Classroom 2.0
    ‘The social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education’. USA.
  • David Anderson
    @elearning. ‘Community Manager @Articulate, elearning, instructional designer & urban chicken farmer. USA.
  • EdTechTalk
    ‘EdTechTalk is a community of educators interested in discussing and learning about the uses of educational technology. We webcast several live shows each week’. USA.
  • Educational Origami
    ‘A blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning. This wiki is not just about the integration of technology into the classroom, though this is certainly a critical area, it is about shifting our educational paradigm. Its really about PEDAGOGY’. USA.
  • Edudemic
    ‘Created, evolved, and maintained by a pair of forward-thinking lovers of learning. We’ve cultivated a network of teachers, administrators, staff, tech enthusiasts, and corporate contacts that help us keep an eye on the future of education technology. We do our best to bring you the bleeding edge of edtech on a daily basis’. USA.
  • Edutopia
    @edutopia. ‘Inspiration and information for what works in education’. Covers new educational ideas as well education technology. USA.
  • Updated ! EmergingEdTech
    ‘Education Technology. Internet and instructional technologies for teachers & other educators’. USA.
  • Eric Sheninger
    @NMHS_Principal. ‘NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner [2012], Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, Author, Speaker’. Twitter, USA.
  • Fraser Speirs
    Covers a range of technology usage, especially with Apple products. Scotland.
  • Free Technology for Teachers
    ‘The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms’. Award winning site. USA.
  • The iTech4Ed Daily
    Technology news covering a wide range of areas. Other information as well. Also try The #edtech Daily. USA.
  • Jane’s Pick of the Day
    ‘A daily item of e-learning interest selected by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies’. Check the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016. UK.
  • Kathy Schrock’s Kaffeeklatsch
    ‘Posting thoughts, discoveries, and ideas here, primarily on educational technology topics and gadgets. I invite you to do the same !’ USA.
  • Larry Ferlazzo
    @Larryferlazzo. Runs with Twitter, blogs and more. Information and suggestions/recommendations in the areas of technology and education. USA.
  • Shelly S Terrell
    @ShellTerrel. Find a continual supply of both resources and information on how to integrate technology and the classroom. Twitter, USA.
  • Steve Wheeler
    @timbuckteeth. ‘Web 2.0 researcher, author of The Digital Classroom, Associate Professor of Learning Technology, international speaker, disruptive activist’. UK.
  • Technology in Education
    ‘Various postings on different types of technology and how they could be used in the classroom’. Canada.
  • The Power of Educational Technology
    Blog. ‘Demonstrating the power of technology to transform learning, energise communities and inspire innovative thinking’. USA

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Flipped Classroom

  • Updated ! 5 Ways to Address Student Resistance in the Flipped Classroom
    ‘We have to change the way we design our lessons and lectures and we have to help our students overcome their resistance to this new model’. USA.
  • Flipped Classroom
    ‘This site is designed to provide you with some ideas if you are considering undertaking the flipped classroom model [at UQ]. There are several sections, each containing extra links and academic papers for further investigation’. The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • The Flipped Class : Myths vs. Reality
    ‘This first article is an attempt to define what the Flipped Class is and what it is NOT’. USA.
  • The Flipped Classroom
    Short video from the acknowledged initiators. Links to related videos about the concept. USA.
  • Updated ! The Flipped Classroom - A Paradigm Shift
    ‘At its most basic definition, the flipped classroom is this : the lessons are viewed at home and the homework is done in school. Hence, the standard classwork/homework pattern is ‘flipped’ or inverted’. Australia.
  • The Flipped Classroom : Turning the Traditional Classroom on its Head
    Includes explanatory infographic.
  • What is Flipped Classroom ?
    ‘The purpose of flipping the classroom is to shift from passive to active learning to focus on the higher order thinking skills’. Explanation, including video. University of Queensland, Australia.

General Sites

Australia

  • Click - A Technology Guide for Parents
    DofE NSW. Articles, video, podcasts, more.
  • Code Camp
    Choose from among the different types of coding camps.
  • Education Services Australia
    ‘Bringing people, learning and technology together’. The ICT in Everyday Learning - Teacher Online Toolkit is worth checking.
  • Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria
    ‘The Educational Technology Consortium of Victoria is a self-managed network, providing the opportunity for schools to work more flexibly with network design and activities to best meet the particular needs of students, networked schools, and other stakeholders’.
  • Updated ! Education Technology Solutions
    ‘Australia’s leading education technology publication’.
  • Education Uses of Specific Learning Technologies
    Grouped links under a range of headings. General to Digital Video, social conferencing to Electronic Whiteboards.
  • Updated ! EnhanceTV
    ‘Open to everyone with an interest in teaching with TV’. Study Guides, Theme Packs, Teaching Topics, Podcasts, Community area, more.
  • National Digital Learning Resources Network
    ‘More than 12 000 digital curriculum resources free for use in all Australian schools. Aligned to state and territory curriculums and progressively being aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Available to teachers through state and territory portals or Scootle.
  • pd21
    ‘The complete professional development solution for schools and school districts that are focused on technology integration, quality teaching and sound pedagogy’. Available in Australia.
  • Scootle
    ‘Learn, teach and collaborate using digital curriculum resources from The Le@rning Federation’.
  • Slowmation
    ‘A new teaching approach that integrates aspects of clay animation, object animation and digital storytelling that encourages students to use technology and design a multimodal representation of their learning’. University of Wollongong.
  • Technology Education Centre
    ‘This site will help children investigate their subject further through the wealth of educationally sound hands-on materials available on this site’.
  • Victorian Student Number
    ‘Assigned to all students in government and non-government schools, and students in Vocational Education and Training Institutions. The number will be used as a key identifier on a student’s school records, and will remain with the student throughout his or her education, until reaching the age of 25’.

International

  • 100+ Web 2.0 Ideas for Teachers
    ‘A Guide to RSS and More’. Canada.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • Updated ! 20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers
    ‘A mini-encyclopaedia or mini-dictionary of sorts’. USA.
  • 22 Alternatives to YouTube
    ‘YouTube is definitely one of the most popular video platforms online but it is not the only one. There are several other alternatives teachers can use. Here is a list we have curated for you’. Canada.
  • Bloomin’ Apps
    ‘This page gathers all the projects in one place. Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Google, Android and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy’. Kathy Schrock. USA.
  • Classroom Technology [Centre for Digital Education]
    Articles, columns, stories, reports. USA.
  • CodeBC
    ‘We exist to connect teachers with the best coding, computational thinking, and computer programming resources that are explicitly linked to BC’s new curriculum’. Check their resources. Canada.
  • Digital Learning Day : Resource Roundup
    Edutopia‘The fourth annual Digital Learning Day was in March, 2015. We’ve compiled some useful resources to help you celebrate the day with your class and support digital learners all year long’. USA.
  • Education Technology : Pictures, Videos, Breaking News
    Huffington Post. Articles, posts, other items as per the url title. USA.
  • Education Technology Tools for Teachers
    ‘A guide for teachers bringing tech into the classroom. Get expert info and advice on today’s top educational technology, and find more than 150 online resources organised by subject and age’. USA.
  • Educational Technology [Wikipedia]
    History, theories and practices, instructional techniques, theorists, benefits, criticism, advancement, technology in the classroom, more.
  • eSchool News
    ‘Covers education technology in all its aspects’. Publications, articles, news, resources, video, help, offers, more. USA.
  • Futurelab at NFER, Resources
    Annotated links to teacher resources for educational technology implementation. UK.
  • Google Glass in Education
    Google+. ‘Connect with other Glass Explorers and discuss real-world implementations of Google Glass in Education’. USA.
  • Google Tools
    Guides, articles, resources, links, more. Kathy Schrock, USA.
  • ICT in Education
    “To provide users, teachers, leaders and managers of educational ICT, high quality articles that provide both information and food for thought’. UK.
  • International Society for Technology in Education
    Educator resources, Support Ed Tech, Professional Development, Publications, research, bookstore, more. Includes Webinars [Fee-based]. International.
  • Introduction to ICT in Education - Research
    ‘Journals and professional magazines in this section generally fall into the scholarly field of Educational Technology’.
  • Learn Tech Library
    ‘The LearnTechLib is the premiere online resource for aggregated, peer-reviewed research on the latest developments and applications in Learning and Technology’. Most have abstracts, some full text articles, free access via some institutions.
  • Machines Are The Easy Part; People Are The Hard Part
    ‘Takes a somewhat skewed approach to educational technology. Its focus is on the human elements to which attention must be paid before technology can have an impact on teaching and learning’. Fee-based, but limited cost.
  • MySimpleshow
    ‘Use mysimpleshow in the classroom with your students or contribute to open educational resources. Introduce, summarise, and explain topics worth sharing. Our simple and guided workflow makes it easy to get great results in no time’. Free to use.
  • One-to-One Institute and Project RED
    ‘Transforming education by personalising learning through the universal access to technology’.
  • Online School Newsletter Software for Primary and Secondary Schools
    ‘Bring your traditional school newsletter into the digital age. Now you can easily publish visually engaging content featuring high resolution photos, video and attachments to better connect with the school community’. iNewsletter is fee-based but well within the scope of schools of all sizes.
  • Overcoming Technology Barriers : How to Innovate Without Extra Money or Support
    Edutopia. ‘Edutopia.org asked what practical steps teachers and administrators could take right away to improve technology integration in our classrooms. Here’s what they suggest’. USA.
  • SafeShare.TV
    ‘The safest way to watch and share YouTube videos’.
  • SmartSparrow
    ‘Smart Sparrow is an “adaptive e-learning platform” - the key to a rich, adaptive, virtual world ideal for interactive learning. Teachers can tailor their own content’. Introductory video.
  • TeAchnology : Professional Development
    24 sections from Burnout & Stress Management via Ideas that Worked for Other Educators, Teaching Portfolios to Waldorf. Articles, resources, strategies, more. USA.
  • TeachWithMovies.com
    ‘The premiere site on the Internet showing teachers how to create lesson plans using movies and film’. Small annual fee. USA.
  • Tech-Ease for Windows
    ‘Tech-Your source for just-in-time answers for classroom technology questions. A companion Tech-Ease for Mac site is also available’. USA.
  • Technology Integration
    ‘Helping teachers effectively integrate technology into the curriculum’. USA school district.
  • The Edublog Awards
    Winners, runners up and shortlisted finalists give opportunities to browse quality sites. Latest awards and previous listings.
  • The Teacher’s Guide to Facebook
    ‘We spoke with teachers, professors and other education professionals about best Facebook practices to help answer these questions and more’. A second site, Introducing A Facebook Guide for Educators and Community Leaders is found here.
  • Tools - Edudemic
    Information on apps, technologies, using video games, multi-touch displays, more. Continually being expanded. USA.
  • Twitter Support for E ducators and Parents
    Two sections include a resource for teachers and an eCourse for both. USA.

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Research & Reports

Australian

  • Exploring technology integration in teachers’ classrooms in NSW public schools
    2013; J Hunter. ‘Unpublished PhD dissertation through Western Sydney University’ that looks at this topic.
  • Indigenous Australians’ Information Behaviour and Internet Use in Everyday Life: An Exploratory Study
    2017; Jia Tina Du, Jelina Haines. ‘This paper reports the first stage of an ongoing information behaviour research project undertaken with a rural Indigenous community in South Australia. The study provides insights into indigenous Australians’ information behaviour and Internet use in their daily lives. Future research directions are also discussed’.
  • Online professional learning for rural teachers of Mathematics and Science
    2016; Sandra Herbert, Coral Campbell, Esther Loong. ‘This study explores the utilisation of online professional learning in Mathematics and Science education by teachers in rural areas, and canvasses teachers’ requirements for this form of professional learning’. PDF document.
  • Teaching and learning with humanoid robots
    2016; Jo Earp. ‘It’s not often that the introduction of new classmates is the subject of a research project, but Thomas and P!nk are a little different. Standing just 58 centimetres tall, these NAO humanoid robots are disrupting learning [in the nicest possible way] at schools in South Australia’.
  • Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2013-2018
    2014; NMC. ‘Informing Australian education leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in tertiary education. This report was produced to explore emerging technologies and forecast their potential impact expressly in a tertiary education context’.
  • Transforming Pre-Service Teachers’ Beliefs and Understandings about Design and Technologies
    2017; Marnie Best. ‘Design and Technologies challenges students to think differently: to think critically and creatively. Yet, how, when and why students are exposed to Design and Technologies curriculum in school classrooms is at the prerogative of their teacher. This paper highlights how immersion in a curriculum area can transform pre-service teachers’ theoretical, conceptual and practical understandings and how this may influence how, when and why they incorporate the learning area in their subsequent teaching experiences’.
  • What Is STEM ? The Need for Unpacking Its Definitions and Applications
    2016; Gitta Seikmann. ‘This summary brings together findings from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s detailed exploration of STEM skills, which investigated educational and occupational concepts and their associated definitions’.

International

  • A Comprehensive Evaluation Rubric for Assessing Instructional Apps
    2015; Cheng-Yuan Lee, Todd Sloan Cherner. ‘This paper presents a comprehensive rubric with 24 evaluative dimensions tailored specifically to analyse the educational potential of instructional apps’. USA.
  • Augmented Virtual Reality : How to Improve Education Systems
    2017; Manuel Fernandez. ‘This essay presents and discusses the developing role of virtual and augmented reality technologies in education. Addressing the challenges in adapting such technologies to focus on improving students’ learning outcomes, the author discusses the inclusion of experiential modes as a vehicle for improving students’ knowledge acquisition’. USA.
  • Factors Impacting Teachers’ Adoption of Mobile Learning
    2014; Kathryn MacCallum, et al. ‘This research has added to and clarified the existing literature into mobile learning. In particular, it recognises the role that lecturers play in the future acceptance of mobile learning’. New Zealand, Canada.
  • Gadgets in the Gymnasium : Physical Educators’ Use of Digital Technologies
    2017; Daniel B Robinson, Lynn Randall. ‘This article highlights results from a recent study that investigated Atlantic Canadian physical educators’ adoption and implementation of various digital technologies. Results suggest that some digital technologies are used more than others. Moreover, a number of external barriers [limitations in time, expertise, resources] and internal barriers [teacher beliefs, established pedagogy] were identified’. Canada.
  • Great tech can’t replace poor teaching
    2015; Andreas Schleicher. ‘Technology can amplify great teaching but great technology cannot replace poor teaching, but, added the reality in schools lags considerably behind the promise of technology’. International.
  • Learning Foreign Languages Using Mobile Applications
    2017; R Gafni, D B Achituv, G Rachmani. J ‘This examines how the use of a Mobile Assisted Language Learning [MALL] application influences the learners’ attitudes towards the process of learning, and more specifically in voluntary and mandatory environments’. Israel.
  • Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2017
    2017; Leping Liu, David Gibson. ‘This distinguished research collection illustrates how teacher educators, researchers and practitioners are collaboratively addressing the use of technology in teacher education as they explore contemporary, creative and innovative solutions to integrate technology across a global context’. International.
  • Students, Computers and Learning - Making the Connection
    2015; OECD. ‘Examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Based on results from PISA 2012’. Can be read online in multiple sections. International.

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