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Research Reports

DERN provides access to quality assured and current information resources around the use of digital technologies and digital media in education. These resources are annotated and linked to relevant categories to enable access to collections of similar resources under specific topics.


An insight on how design purposeful tasks can engage and encourage low SES students to learn a programming language

Posted on 12 Oct 2020 with 0 comments
STEM education

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Surveys of secondary students in a low-SES Australian school about the delivery of STEM subjects reported issues with unattractive curriculum, absence of authentic and purposeful tasks, very low confidence, low engagement, and a desire to use technology. A Python language programming project was implemented to address these issues.


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7 Things You Should Know About Remote Proctoring

Posted on 11 Oct 2020 with 0 comments
Assessment online Privacy

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Remote proctoring allows students to take an assessment at a remote location while ensuring the integrity of the exam. These systems require students to confirm their identity, and, during the exam, the system monitors students through video, looking for behavior that could indicate cheating.


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TPACK - time to reboot?

Posted on 09 Oct 2020 with 0 comments

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An analysis of 22 papers about Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) considers how this research addresses the key questions: What do teachers need to know in order to integrate technology effectively in the classroom and how can they best develop that knowledge? It concludes that greater focus should be given to how TPACK helps understand how to develop the capacity of teachers and pre-service teacher education students to use technology effectively in their teaching.


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SmartStart: Creating new contexts for learning in the 21st century

Posted on 09 Oct 2020 with 0 comments
Early childhood Indigenous Education Mobile learning

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Findings from an Australian project exploring use of tablet technologies to enhance apps to support the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy in Indigenous early childhood settings.


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Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 with 0 comments
Collaboration ICT in education Trends

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The Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies (2020) provides educators with a list of 226 technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that can be used via a browser to promote more productive and interactive learning.


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Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2019

Posted on 18 Sep 2019 with 0 comments
Research agenda Teacher education

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The 2019 edition of the Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education is a collection of peer-reviewed articles representing the scholarship and notable work presented during the past year at the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference.


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Enhancing the learning of technology in early childhood settings

Posted on 08 Jul 2019 with 0 comments
Early childhood

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This study of early childhood teachers' understanding of teaching and learning in children 4 and 5 years of age in technology education investigated the development of dispositions and attitudes including the building of children's confidence and self belief in their capabilities.


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A construct map for TPACK: Developing an empirically derived description of increasing TPACK proficiency

Posted on 08 May 2019 with 0 comments
Teacher capacity Teacher education

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This paper uses a measurement lens to focus on the description of the TPACK construct. It demonstrates how a ‘construct map’ for TPACK, which describes increasing proficiency in TPACK, can be developed using empirical data gathered from a TPACK survey tool.


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Trends in the digitalization of K-12 schools: The Australian perspective

Posted on 08 May 2019 with 0 comments
Research agenda Trends

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A position paper that reflects on trends of digitalization of schools from an Australian perspective. It is informed from document analysis of relevant policy documents, websites, project reports, media releases and research relating to the topic.


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Building capacity to scaffold online discussion: Enhancing students’ construction of knowledge and communication competencies

Posted on 08 May 2019 with 0 comments
Learning communities Learning environment Virtual classrooms

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Students find it difficult to engage in online discussions, with problems identified as hindering students’ learning including limited interactions among participants, low contribution rates and lack of academic focus.


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NMC Horizon Report > 2018 Higher Education Edition

Australian Educational Technologies Trends (AETT) report
Over 100 leading Australian and international educators and experts concerned with Australian education contributed to this report on how Educational Technologies and the computing curriculum is currently being implemented in Australian schools, and the changes that may occur in the near future (5 years).

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