Our schools are undergoing a fundamental change as we see information technology being introduced and playing an increasingly significant role in primary and secondary education. This transition has been brought into sharp focus in Australia by a number of government initiatives, most notably the Digital Education Revolution. With the mandated the introduction of electronic whiteboards, wireless networking, video conferencing and laptops, schools are being forced to address the infrastructural and pedagogical challenges of technology in the classroom.
My first assignment for our introductory teaching subject (EDBT5500) examined the context of three specific pedagogical challenges touched on by the ‘Banksia Campus’ case study we examined in seminars. The first was selecting the most suitable hardware for ‘personal’ student use and accommodating the physical presence of computing devices in the classroom; the second was realising the potential of online peer-assisted learning; and the final challenge was the need for greater information literacy in ‘the Wikipedia world’, where students may lose the magic of discovery that many teachers value.