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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.
  • Updated ! eLearning Learning
    ‘A community collecting and organising the best information on the web about eLearning’.
  • Online Curriculum Services
    Department of Education, WA. Teaching and learning, curriculum, collaboration, Professional Learning, digital content, more.
  • 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.
  • Ed Tech Crew
    ‘A weekly podcast about technology in education. The Ed Tech Crew chew the fat on all things ICT’. Podcast.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NCS K4 STEMLAB
    ‘Fuelling students’ love of learning through Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. The information on this website should answer many questions but will likely raise some as well’. 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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General Sites

Australia

  • Click - A Technology Guide for Parents
    DofE NSW. Articles, video, podcasts, more.
  • Education Services Australia
    ‘Bringing people, learning and technology together’. The Updated ! 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Updated ! 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.
  • 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.
  • HappiPapi
    ‘Happi Papi’s education platform allows you to create, play and share a variety of learning apps. Do it on the web, in iOS & Android apps and in real life. Simply put, it powers the creation of stunning looking learning content in a brand new way’.
  • 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.
  • Tackk in the Classroom
    Free program. Introductory video, find how educators use it, use provided templates, other resources, more. The options appear almost endless.
  • 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, New ! 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 Educators and Parents
    Two sections include a resource for teachers and an eCourse for both. USA.

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Research & Reports

Australian

  • New ! Building Teacher Capacity in Digital Technologies
    2016; Peter Kellett. A talk with ‘Teacher editor Jo Earp about innovative student programs and the staff professional development that has so far helped more than 200 educators’.
  • New ! Children’s pedagogic rights in the web 2.0 era [Revised]
    2016; Beryl Exley, Linda-Dianne Willis. ‘This paper examines one form of web 2.0 “participatory culture”, that of an open access blog. We consider what a sustained blogging experience makes available in terms of one child’s pedagogic rights’.
  • New ! Digital Learning in Schools : ...
    Conceptualising the Challenges and Influences on Teacher Practice. 2016; Christopher Blundell, Kar-Tin Lee, and Shaun Nykvist. ‘Using evidence from a case study of teachers working to transform their practice with digital technologies, this paper presents a tri-theory frame-work that was used to conceptualise these challenges’.
  • New ! Educating for digital futures : ...
    What the learning strategies of digital media professionals can teach higher education. 2016; Ruth Bridgstock. ‘This article explores how universities might engage more effectively with the imperative to develop students’ 21st century skills for the information society, by examining learning challenges and professional learning strategies of successful digital media professionals’.
  • New ! Higher education and digital media in rural Australia : ...
    The current situation for youth. 2017; Krystle Vichie. ‘This article synthesises current literature relating to Australian regional youth’s low participation in higher education, and the implications of this for their employability in the rapidly-developing digital economy’.
  • New ! Using Technology to Enhance Students’ Engagement in a Large Classroom
    2017; Sukanlaya Sawang, Peter O’Connor, Muhammad Ali. ‘This paper aims to answer how we can increase students’ engagement in a large class. We hypothesised that the use of KeyPad, an interactive student response system, can lead to enhanced student engagement in a large classroom’.

International

  • New ! 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.
  • New ! Online Education and Its Effective Practice : A Research Review
    2016; Anna Sun, Xiufang Chen. ‘This study reviewed 47 published studies and research on online teaching and learning since 2008, primarily focusing on how theories, practices and assessments apply to the online learning environment. The purpose of this paper is to provide practical suggestions for those who are planning to develop online courses so that they can make informed decisions in the implementation process’. USA.
  • New ! Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth
    2017; Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway. ‘Is a picture really worth 1 000 words ?’ USA.
  • New ! Policies to Expand Digital Skills for the Machine Age
    2017; John P Martin, ‘the Machine Age will lead to major shifts in the demand and supplies of skills, especially digital skills. In this paper, I review the available cross-country evidence on the distribution of such digital skills across the adult populations within and across a large sample of OECD countries’. Germany.
  • New ! Preliminary Recommendations Regarding Preparation of Teachers and School Leaders to Use Learning Technologies
    2017; Glen Bull, J. Michael Spector, Kay Persichitte. ‘This is a report of the initial efforts of a group which is investigating the knowledge and competence that faculty members and leaders in educational institutions need to possess with respect to learning technologies in order to prepare competent teachers and school leaders, given the expectation that technologies and societal priorities are likely to change’. PDF download. USA.
  • New ! The Blended Learning Environment : A Viable Alternative for Special Needs Students
    2017; Jennifer Hall Rivera. ‘The last twenty-five years have opened a new realm of possibilities in education through the use of technology and virtual supplemental resources, designed to engage learners in all academic levels. As general education and special needs teachers strive to provide the special education student with learning disabilities a constructive, enriching learning experience, the concept of a blended classroom has proven to be successful in achieving this goal’. USA.
  • New ! The Potentials of Using Cloud Computing in Schools : A Systematic Literature Review
    2017; Simon Birk Hartmann, Lotte Qulleq Nygaard Braae, Sine Pedersen, Md. Saifuddin Khalid. ‘This systematic literature review identifies and categorises the potential and barriers of cloud-based teaching in schools from an international perspective. ’. Denmark.
  • New ! The Views of Teacher Candidates on Using Cloud Technologies in Education
    2017; Agah Tugrul Korucu. ‘This study aims to describe the views of student IT teachers and the factors which affect their priorities to use cloud services progressively. Due to cloud services’ benefits on education, adopting them into education system is important to reach the developed education level’.
  • New ! Using Technology to Support Science Inquiry Learning
    2017; P John Williams, Nhung Nguyen, Jenny Mangan. ‘This paper presents a case study of a teacher's experience in implementing an inquiry approach to his teaching over a period of two years with two different classes. His focus was on using a range of information technologies to support student inquiry learning’. New Zealand.

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