iPads for learning: Connections, diversity and coherence

It was great to see the most recent publication of Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning, Teaching,Technology, 25(1-3) come out recently. It took the use of iPads in schools as its theme, one that is certainly topical, whether one prefers this as tool for learning or not. As the editorial by Cowie and Williams (p. 1-2)…

BYOD: Build your own depth

Today I’m sharing a thought to conjure with. My recent presentations to schools have increasingly emphasised the inclusive nature of effective learning design. The importance of designing different pathways around the learners, those people, both students and teachers, who sit at the heart of how we think about learning programmes. Dimensions of effective teaching A recent…

The impact of digital technology on learning

I recently saw the following piece of research – “The Impact of Digital Technology on Learning” – pass across my desktop, via DERN (the Digital Education Research Network). Overview In their intro to this report, DERN states: “Taking into account the scarcity of rigorous research into the benefits of teaching and learning with digital technologies, [this…

The myth of the average

“What good is the best technology in the world if you can’t reach the instruments when you need them the most?” – Todd Rose, Harvard A thought provoking TEDx talk from Todd Rose. Designing cockpits for the mythical ‘average pilot’ presents an interesting metaphor for how schools sometimes think about designing learning for students and teachers.…