ICT, constructivism and teachers

11 May 2011

Join us for a seminar by Joane Orlando of the University of Western Sydney as she presents "ICT mediated practice and constructivist practices: Do we still want this dream for teachers?"

Abstract: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have been introduced into schools in many countries around the world, along with the assumption that teachers will automatically adopt 'constructivist' practices in their use. However, despite these resources now being in schools for many years, teachers are not changing in the expected constructivist direction. This presentation reports on a qualitative, longitudinal study on the practices of teachers over a five-year period and explores the implications for professional learning.

Dr Joanne Orlando: Joanne's research and teaching focuses on the use of technology in learning. In particular her work examines how technology sits alongside established practices for teaching and learning and how technology contributes to that practice and vice versa. Her work examines this focus comprehensively to include early childhood education, school, and the learning of adults outside formal education.

Joanne is an executive member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). She currently holds the portfolio of Research Development and convenes the highly successful, annual "Utilising Theory in Research" workshops.

Joanne has a strong interest in working with the media to enhance the community's understanding of learning using technology. Previous to her academic position at UWS she was a writer and adviser for the ABC television early childhood program 'PlaySchool' for eight years. She now makes regular expert commentary in print, radio and television media.

Time: 11.00am to 12.230 pm (Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee at 10:45am)

Location: Rm 230, Lvl 2, A35 Education Building

Email: 3b092d160f4b28313a1d1a0523321743195a