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Title: Embedding ICT in learning: Engaging Indigenous Students... and their Teachers
Contributor(s): Reading, Christine Elizabeth  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: This paper reports on the Embedding ICT in Learning: Engaging Indigenous Students Project which assisted teachers to improve the engagement of Indigenous students by increasing their awareness of, and responsibility for, their own learning. Information and communication technology and thinking tools were integrated across the students' learning to empower them in the construction of their own knowledge. Teams of teachers from three schools with high indigenous enrolment were supported while experiencing best practice in planning and implementing learning strategies. The schools were encouraged to increase the level of effective use of ICT across the school and the teachers were encouraged to work towards 'transforming' their practice. The strategies for embedding ICT in learning in each of the schools were varied and enthusiastically received by the students. The indicators of student engagement identified by each school indicated attainment of important components of sustainability, i.e., depth, endurance, breadth, justice, resourcefulness and diversity. Project observations and evaluations to be discussed indicate that it was not just the students who became more engaged. Teachers were mentored through a renewal of their professional learning. The observation and reporting of student engagement and its sustainability is to be the focus of this paper.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Educational Disadvantage, Armidale, NSW, Australia, April 26 to April 28 2008
Source of Publication: Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Educational Disadvantage - Proceedings of the 'Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Educational Disadvantage' Conference, p. 11-27
Publisher: SiMERR National Centre, University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, NSW, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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