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New lessons on using tech in the classroom

ECU research is preparing classrooms to take advantage of technology in teaching.

When the Western Australian Government wanted to determine best practice for integrating new digital technology in classroom learning, they looked to ECU for advice.

ECU’s evaluation of the “Learning with ICT” project led to transformational changes in school standard ICT operating environments, the appointment of ICT-curriculum leaders, and the introduction of one-to-one laptop programs. One hundred government schools took part in the study.

Working with industry

Much of the Centre’s work is collaborative with government partners. In 2006, ECU worked with the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority to explore how digital assessment could enhance quality and equity in senior secondary education.

Understanding how digital technologies can enhance learning is not limited to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.

ECU led two ARC Linkage Projects to examine the role of digital assessment in Year 11 and 12 courses as diverse as Italian Studies, Visual Arts, and Physical Education.

This research explored how the “performance” aspects of these subjects could be aided by encouraging students to use video, photography, audio recording, and online learning to demonstrate knowledge and reflection.

Participating teachers also helped to define how to moderate and evaluate this work using digital platforms themselves.

Research that’s making a difference

The Centre’s research has influenced classroom learning in many different settings.

ECU has assisted the Catholic and independent education sectors to better engage rural and remote schools using ICT.

Another important outcome is the CulturePad app, developed with Aboriginal Education Workers in remote WA to strengthen the links between schools and the local Indigenous communities they serve.

Authentic audio, written, and visual content for the CulturePad app was captured and recorded locally and made readily shareable within and between communities.

For further information contact Professor Dawn Penney.


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