Pedagogical Challenges and the Digital Education Revolution

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.

2 thoughts on “Pedagogical Challenges and the Digital Education Revolution

  1. Ben Jones

    Brett
    An interesting assesment task, I have just blogged on what is teh Utopian 1:1 device: http://benpaddlejones.edublogs.org/.
    I really liked your discussion on the social/affective elements of online social environments.
    Some reflective questions for you:
    – Wikipedia is potentially more accurate than Britanica so why do we still see it as not a credible source.
    – As a new teacher should your focus be on what the best device is or how you will use the technology available in your school to enhance learning.
    – How can you transfer what you learnt from virtual social learning environments to your physical classroom.
    welcome to teh profession, it is exciting to know a future etacher is already thinking about this stuff on such a learning focused level.
    Ben :-)

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  2. Ben Rolfe

    I get so annoyed with all the academics who slag off Wikipedia. It’s the most peer reviewed document that has ever existed.
    What do you mean by “losing the magic of discovery”? Sounds like one might use that argument to abolish textbooks and teacher guidance. There’s always more discovery to be had.
    With greater access, it seems that critical reading (and critical viewing, critical playing) skills are becoming important earlier and earlier.

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