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Teaching with technology

Friday, 08 June 2012

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Even the youngest school children are confident in using the latest technologies, yet many of our teachers are ill-equipped to teach with them.

School of Education researcher Dr Jenny Lane is working to give our teachers the upper hand when it comes to technology in the classroom. She hosted free seminars this week at ECU, with over 300 teachers attending from across WA to learn about using iPads.

The seminars are part of the Track iPad Project in Schools (TIPS) 2012, a new research project that aims to develop a best-practice model for teachers to use iPads in their classrooms.   

The project introduces teachers to a number of interactive learning tools in the classroom including:

  • Using apps to allow students to work collaboratively with students in other schools, both locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Using video streaming to create interactive diagrams and charts; and
  • Using tools such as screencasts, videos and e-publications, which the students can take home to reinforce learning.

“Mobile learning technologies are definitely the way of the future,” Dr Lane said.

“Empowering teachers with the skills needed to use this type of technology will ensure that they are training students to make their mark on a technologically orientated workforce.”

Track iPad Project in Schools is implemented through interactive seminars for teachers and school-based training programs.

Programs have already been implemented at Ashdale Senior Secondary School and Saint Pauls Primary.

Later this year Dr Lane will travel to Africa to share her research with students and teachers and help them implement iPad learning within their classrooms.

Cheaper than computers, iPads open the door to a wealth of learning opportunities, with even one iPad in a school making a significant difference, Dr Lane said.

Dr Lane’s research currently attracts national and international interest with over 14 500 followers on her online blog: Tips 2012

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