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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’.
  • 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 Updated ! 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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Flipped Classroom

  • 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.
  • New ! 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.
  • New ! 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.
  • Education Services Australia
    ‘Bringing people, learning and technology together’. The Updated ! ICT in Everyday Learning - Teacher Online Toolkit is worth checking.
  • New ! 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New ! 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.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • New ! Google Tools
    Guides, articles, resources, links, more. Kathy Schrock, USA.
  • Updated ! 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’.
  • Updated ! 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, summarize, 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.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • Updated ! 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, Every Teacher’s Must-Have Guide To Facebook [Edudemic] is found here.
  • Tools - Edudemic
    Information on apps, technologies, using video games, multi-touch displays, more. Continually being expanded. USA.
  • Updated ! 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 ! Arguing for Computer Science in the School Curriculum
    2016; Andrew Fluck, Mary Webb, Margaret Cox, Charoula Angeli, Joyce Malyn-Smith, Joke Voogt, Jason Zagami. ‘This paper looks briefly at the positioning of computer science in the curricula of several countries, and discusses the reasons for varying levels of priority from place to place and time to time. These reasons are then examined holistically to come to some broader sense of how and why the subject can be understood in context’.
  • New ! 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.
  • New ! Prepare-Participate-Connect : Active learning with video annotation
    2016; Meg Colasante, Kathy Douglas. ‘This article discusses research into the use of video annotation in four vocational programs at RMIT University in Melbourne, which allowed students to interact with and learn from video-based learning materials’. PDF document.
  • New ! Teaching students using technology : ...
    Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian universities. 2016; Marcia Devlin, Jade McKay.‘This paper reports on the findings from an Australian study, which found a strong theme related to the use of technology in effectively teaching and supporting students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds’. PDF document.
  • New ! The impact of mobile learning on student performance ...
    As gauged by standardised test [NAPLAN] scores. 2017; Steven Males, Frank Bate, Jean Macnish. ‘This paper discusses the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy performance of Years Five, Seven and Nine students in standardised tests prior and post the implementation of a mobile learning initiative in a Western Australian school for boy’.
  • New ! 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

  • New ! A Review on the Use of Robots in Education and Young Children
    2016; Lai Poh Emily Toh, Albert Causo, et al. ‘The paper synthesizes the findings of research studies carried out in the last ten years and looks at the influence of robots on children and education. Four major factors are examine’. Singapore.
  • New ! Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief
    2016; Joan Lee, US Department of Education. ‘The guidance will help those who care for nearly 36 million children from birth to age eight make wise decisions about media use, and provides four guiding principles for families and early educators on the use of technology with young children’. USA.
  • New ! “How” to Design, Implement and Evaluate the Flipped Classroom ? A Synthesis
    2017; Yanjie Song, Morris S Y Jong, Maiga Chang Weiqin Chen. ‘The “flipped classroom” as a technology-supported pedagogical innovation, has gained prominence worldwide. Although there is no single definition, it is generally characterised by its course structure comprising in-class and out-of-class activities’. Canada, Hong Kong, Norway.
  • New ! In my end is my beginning : Elearning at the Crossroads
    2016; Greg Blackburn. ‘The increasing popularity of eLearning does not refer to a specific educational method of instruction nor method of delivery. This paper suggests that such a taxonomy is necessary to establish distinct categories of eLearning between industrial models, bottom-up innovation and top-down institutionally-led changes’. Germany.
  • New ! Multiple Access Points within the Online Classroom : Where students look for information
    2017; John Steele, Eric J Nordin, Elizabeth Larson, Daniel McIntosh. ‘The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of information placement within the confines of the online classroom architecture. Also reviewed was the impact of other variables such as course design, teaching presence and student patterns in looking for information’. USA.
  • New ! Teachers’ Attitudes toward Mobile Learning in Korea
    2017; Youngkyun Baek, Hui Zhang, Seongchul Yun. ‘This study aims to investigate the attitudes toward mobile learning among Korean teachers. The authors’ primary focus lies on the teachers’ attitudes toward mobile learning in view of their differences in gender, school level, teaching experience, and subjects taught’. South Korea.
  • New ! Technology Enhanced Formative Assessment for 21st Century Learning
    2016; J Michael Spector, Dirk Ifenthaler, Demetrios Sampson, et al. A ‘synthesis of potentials, concerns and issues with regard to the role of technology in assessment as, for and of learning in the 21st century’. Edutech 15 Conference; International.
  • New ! The Blended Learning Environment : A Viable Alternative for Special Needs Students
    2017; Jennifer Hall Rivera. ‘A blended learning environment provides special needs students with a two-fold benefit, a physical, face-to-face teacher of whom to ask questions and seek guidance, in addition to the assets of virtual resources’. USA.
  • New ! To BYOD or not to BYOD : ...
    Factors affecting academic acceptance of student mobile devices in the classroom. 2016; Christopher Graham Mckercher Gillies. ‘This article reports on factors affecting local academic acceptance of bring your own devices (BYOD). A review of the literature revealed a paucity of studies that have explored the complex factors that affect academic use and intention to use mobile devices in the classroom’. UK.

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