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Research Reviews

DERN provides a weekly review of important educational ICT research with links to research about schools, training and higher education. Research reviews focus on issues and trends that impact on the use of ICT in education.


ePortfolios

Posted on 17 Jun 2010 with 0 comments
Electronic portfolios

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Eportfolios have come to be regarded as electronic multimedia summaries of a person's credentials, experience, interests and referees together with samples of work as a record and for presentation to interested parties. Designers and artists have long since moved from print based portfolios to electronic portfolios or ePortfolios although in education the issues continue to be explored. A very comprehensive and thorough report on ePortfolios prepared by the Australian ePortfolio Project for the Australian Teaching and Learning Council was released late in 2009.


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Virtual learning environments

Posted on 27 May 2010 with 0 comments
Learning systems

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The research survey The current state of affairs with regard to virtual and managed learning environments in UK schools written by Ray Tolley from Maximise ICT Ltd, was funded by the Bill Tagg Bursary for the National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education (NAACE) and presented jointly to NAACE and BECTa. This research is an audit/survey of the use of Learning Platforms or Managed Learning Environments in schools in the UK. The bibliography and graphs in this report are quite revealing, although the data is now a few years old.


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Indigenous students and ICT

Posted on 23 May 2010 with 0 comments
Indigenous Education

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This research report about Indigenous students and learning using ICT outlines some very effective school strategies and teaching practices. In the rich case studies, there are issues around educational disadvantage, literacy and numeracy that demonstrate the successful integration of ICT into pedagogy to improve student performance. Although the report does not specifically highlight the capacity for successfully integrating ICT in communities that have strong verbal traditions, this is an underlying theme that emerges throughout the case studies. The strategies outlined in this research report provide commonsense advice that could be adopted in any school.

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Technology trends in the US States

Posted on 20 May 2010 with 0 comments
Internet use

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This US report, National Education Technology Trends: 2010 - Innovation Through State Leadership, by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) confirms other research, citing the work of Yoon et al (2007) by stating that, 'A recent review of studies on professional development found that teachers impacted by substantive professional development (on average 49 hours) could improve their students' academic scores by 21 percentile points' (p. 8).

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Pedagogy and technology

Posted on 12 May 2010 with 0 comments
Evaluating ICT effects Pedagogy

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The relationship between pedagogy and technology is one of the crucial aspects of the use of digital technologies in education to improve teaching and learning, yet we read so little on the topic. Most educational research about using digital technologies focusses on the device eg computer, ereader, mobile/cell phone, instead of the quality of students’ learning. Yet, the ‘link between technology and pedagogy is … weak’ (OECD, p. 144) which suggests that there is a tension between technology and pedagogy. The recently published OECD book Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy: A Systemic Approach to Technology-based School Innovations (pp. 160) is a summary of a number of major issues about the implementation of digital technologies in education based on the knowledge of international research and expert opinions.

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Online safety

Posted on 10 May 2010 with 0 comments
Safe use

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The Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group to the US Congress is a very thorough report that takes into account internet safety education, parental controls and child protection technology, child pornography reporting and data retention. It is a report that takes into account worldwide research to date and it's conclusions are evidence based.

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Reading digital

Posted on 06 May 2010 with 0 comments
Digital literacy Learning environment

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There has been some research attention given recently to the differences between reading printed texts and reading online texts. This topic has come into focus even more so with the advent of netbooks, ereaders and portable devices on the market. However, there appears to be an implied assumption that transference of reading skill from the printed mode to the digital mode happens intuitively. Terje Hillesund, from the University of Stravanger in Norway, has reported on a really important research study about how readers handle books, the Web and electronic paper.

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ICT literacy

Posted on 29 Apr 2010 with 0 comments
Digital literacy

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An ACER report states that student levels of ICT literacy proficiency have improved from 2005 to 2008 although significant differences do occur between the Australian states with the ACT, Victoria and South Australia outperforming the others. Factors such as socioeconomic background, location, school computer use and home computer use also indicated differences in student ICT literacy proficiency levels and females make more use of social networking applications than males. However, most disturbing is the significant gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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Are the new millenium learners making the grade?

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 with 0 comments
Digital literacy Engagement and performance

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One of the main findings of a recent report from the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) at the OECD (2010) states that 'ICT familiarity matters for educational performance'. This landmark report which is titled Are the New Millenium Learners Making the Grade?: Technology use and educational performance in PISA also indicates that 'there is a stronger correlation between educational performance and frequency of computer use at home than at school.' The report goes on to say that, 'with the right skills and background, more frequent computer use can lead to better performance.'

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Trends in K-12 education

Posted on 15 Apr 2010 with 0 comments

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Today's research on DERN is a slight departure from previously reported research in that the new K-12 Horizon Report is more of an 'educated-guess' report than a research report but very valuable none-the-less. The recently released Horizon Report: 2010 K-12 Edition completed in partnership wiith the influential Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) in Washington focusses on the latent take up of 'cloud computing' and 'collaborative environments' both of which were included in the 2009 K-12 report.

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