New Technologies, New Directions

This page is a supplement to the New Technologies, New Directions Seminar run by Mark Pegrum at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, from 05-06 December 2013.

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This is a refresher seminar tailored to previous participants on the Emergent Technologies in Education course. It will review key web 2.0 and related tools and techniques, and participants' use of these tools and techniques over the past two years. It will go on to explore new developments and changing directions in educational technologies, notably in the space of mobile learning. Finally, it will give participants the opportunity to consider ways of connecting past and present projects with current and emerging trends. The seminar will run over two days, with a follow-up project presentations session approximately two months later.

--Day 1: Where have we come from?--

In the first part of today's session, we'll review the recent changes that have occurred in technology and pedagogy, with an emphasis on the mobile devices and social media that have come to prominence in the past two years. We'll then revisit Stephen Bax's theory of normalisation and its implications for the integration of e-learning technologies into day-to-day teaching and learning. We'll also review Punya Mishra & Matt Koehler's TPACK model, as well as introducing Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model (see below); nowadays these two models are often used together to frame the use of digital technologies in education. [A copy of the text-based slides is available.]

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In the second part of today's session, we'll briefly review a number of key web 2.0 and related tools and techniques. Tools covered will include discussion boards, blogs, wikis, social networking, microblogging, folksonomies (social tagging, social bookmarking), social sharing, vodcasting, digital storytelling and virtual worlds. Participants will have the chance to revisit - or explore for the first time - a tool or technique of their choice by watching a flipped classroom video, visiting a wiki page, and experimenting with the chosen tool or technique with guidance from the lecturer. They will then be invited to share their thoughts on an interactive discussion wall.

In the third part of today's session, participants will be invited to comment on their technological experiences over the past two years on Successes and Challenges interactive discussion walls. This will be followed by a whole-group face-to-face discussion.

--Day 2: Where are we going?--

The first part of today's session will be a presentation on emerging and future trends in educational technologies, with a particular focus on m-learning and mixed reality, and on new forms of evaluation and assessment. Participants will be invited to make comments and ask questions on Twitter. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion session, which will draw together questions posed on Twitter, and questions posed live in the room. [A copy of the text-based slides is available.]

In the second part of today's session, participants will have the chance to investigate mobile learning tools and techniques of their choice, including apps, e-books, polling, multimedia recording, QR codes, geosocial networking and augmented reality. Participants will start by visiting a wiki page before experimenting with the chosen tools or techniques with guidance from the lecturer. They will then be invited to share their thoughts on an interactive discussion wall.

In the third part of today's session, participants will be invited to join in a whole-group face-to-face discussion on how they might develop new technology projects, or further develop existing projects, in light of the tools and trends covered over the past two days. Participants will be encouraged to conceptualise individual or group projects to be undertaken over the coming university break, with a view to reporting on them in oral presentations towards the end of the break.


There will be a follow-up presentations session in February 2014, where each participant will be asked to make a brief presentation about the project on which they have worked over the university break. (Note that some sample presentations from the previous Emergent Technologies in Education course are available for viewing.) There will be a chance for questions and comments after each presentation, as well as input from the lecturer.

Credits: The image above right is available under a Creative Commons licence from webtreats' photostream on Flickr; the original can be found here. The TPACK and SAMR images, which may be reused for educational purposes, can be found on the TPACK and Hippasus sites respectively.

Contact: Please do not hesitate to contact Mark Pegrum with any questions or comments, either before or after the seminar itself. You should also feel free to explore the rest of this E-language resource wiki.