Innovation with e-Learning in Australian Primary Schools

By Jennifer Way and Colin Webb.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The analysis of the e-Learning grant applications from 464 primary schools from across Australia lead to the development of a three-dimensional framework for describing the complex nature of ICT use in the context of e-Learning projects in Literacy and Numeracy. Regardless of their circumstances, teachers believe they can enhance learning in innovative ways using technology. The majority of Australian primary schools in 2002 were located mid-range in the framework, describing their innovation in terms of using ICT as a curriculum tool, without making changes to existing pedagogy. However, some schools perceive technology as a catalyst for significant changes in pedagogy and the creation of innovative learning environments that impact on school culture and organization.

Keywords: e-Learning, Primary School Education, Innovation, Pedagogy

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.105-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 554.134KB).

Dr. Jennifer Way

Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia

Jenni Way is primary mathematics education specialist currently researching the use of technology in schools. Jenni Way is co-editor of the Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom journal and the book titled “ICT and Primary Mathematics". Her current projects include the development of multimedia learning objects with Australian large scale project - ‘The Learning Federation’ and the study of trends in pedagogy in e-Learning in primary schools. International collaborations include the NRICH project based at the University of Cambridge.

Colin Webb

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Colin Webb lectures and researches in Science and Technology education. He is co-author of the book “Computers and kids: A parents guide”. His current projects include the development of multimedia learning objects with The Learning Federation project.

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