Starting An Education Revolution: The Role of Innovation

    By Tom March Innovation is an interesting concept, perhaps a little like other big ideas such as ‘excellence’ and ‘beauty’ where each person enjoys a slightly different flavour, but all know it when they see it. If people had to define it in the abstract, they would never reach a suitable agreement. People […]

Not All Devices Are Created Equal

By Mike Reading. There are so many things to consider when implementing a BYOD plan. For example, where would devices rank in importance in the following list? Curriculum design. Training for staff and students (most schools forget that students also need training). Communicating with staff, students and parents. Should you filter web content or trust […]

WHY TEACHERS NEED TO GET PROACTIVE WITH TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

By Chad de Kretser. “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” This phrase is attributed to arguably the greatest Canadian ice hockey player in history: Wayne Gretzky. He went to where the puck was going to be! In this digital age, […]

NETWORK INFORMATION SECURITY IN EDUCATION

By Daria Catalui and Louis Marinos. Comparing the Internet to a road network seems to be a good analogy. Just as the road network carries us from point A to point B, so too does the Internet carry us to content all over the world. However, while everyone must have some preparation before they can […]

Digital Education: Comparison In Attitudes

By David Dawson. According to Nancy Willard, of the Centre for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, “trying to prepare students for their future without Web 2.0 in schools is like trying to teach a child to swim without a swimming pool”. Switching off technology will neither protect students through education about self-management at home, nor […]

TV Production – Thinking Outside The Box

By Stephen Blackwell. For years, educators have criticised television as a passive pastime that reduces student creativity and participation. Now students at Yarra Hills Secondary College have the opportunity to harness the technology they have grown up with and become active users. Rather than television narrowing student focus to a small, passive window, we are […]

How Wikis Can Help Schools Organise Their Content

By Elly Faden. Students and teachers are embracing web 2.0 technologies with fervour but administrators are not, even though these remarkable tools can provide much needed cost-saving capabilities. This phenomenon is understandable,because older office tools, an already overburdened staff, and the reluctance to change the way of doing things all discourage jumping into untested waters. […]

Voice Over IP – Is It Right For Your School?

By Adam Turner. As schools work hard to prepare today’s students for the world of tomorrow, the last thing they want to worry about is an excessive phone bill. Western Sydney’s Arndell Anglican College and Campbelltown’s St Peters Anglican Primary School are two very different schools facing very similar challenges when it comes to telecommunications. […]

Understanding Virtual Pedagogies For Contemporary Teaching And Learning

By Richard Olsen. How might we best describe what contemporary teaching and learning looks like? We need a theoretical model that allows us to better understand our students’ use of technology and be much more discriminatory in our use of technology for learning. Now that our students are living and learning in a technology-rich world, […]

Digital Divas Do IT Right

By Dr. Annemieke Craig. Do you have (m)any girls in your non–compulsory computing classes? Do you know (m)any girls who are excited about computers and confident in using them? Girls who may one day go on to study a computer or information systems course at university level? Unfortunately a girl geek is hard to find. […]