recommendations for policymakers?

One of the aims of any piece of academic research is to inform policy. We were asked recently to do just that … so here are some of our immediate thoughts on what policy messages are coming from our research so far. If we were the Minister for Education in the Australian Federal government we […]

Pokemon at school …

[note: Pokemon Go was released in Australia on July 6th, causing a brief craze amongst different sections of society to play the game on their smartphones. These are Selena’s field notes from Lakeside High School, 8 days after its release – and at the height of its popularity] On my way into the school I […]

System failure – when the network goes down

The start of a sunny Thursday at Lakeside Secondary College. The playgrounds and communal spaces are buzzing as usual. At 8.50am nobody seems to notice that the music fails to kick in as scheduled over the loudspeakers to indicate that people should start thinking about heading to their first classes. Some kids – noses buried […]

presentation at Australian Education Union conference

Neil Selwyn will be speaking at an Australian Education Union conference on August 19th in Melbourne, outlining findings from the ‘Making A Digital Difference?’ project. Neil will be talking about the project’s exploration of how digital technologies impinge on the professional lives and working experiences of teachers. The title of the talk will be ‘The […]

Personal preferences …

Within any ‘BYOD’ class there is wide variation in the quality of students’ engagement with devices – something that is not immediately apparent when observing classes. In a mass of twenty-five students, one device quickly begins to resemble another. Yet the capacity of each individual student’s device can be dramatically different. Take the example of […]

Developing a whole school perspective

The preoccupation of education researchers with matters of learning and teaching is odd when considering what people actually do at/for school. As soon as one starts observing what occurs in a school it becomes apparent that teachers only spend a fraction of their time actually teaching. Similarly, students spend little of their time actually studying, […]

Left to their own devices: the everyday realities of ‘one-to-one’ and ‘BYOD’ schools

<abstract for special issue of Oxford Review of Education> One significant change to schools over the past decade has been the increasing prevalence of personal digital technologies in classrooms and across campuses. In part this is a result of increased smartphone, tablet and laptop ownership amongst many students and teachers. Schools have also initiated official […]

Schools in the digital age – what is to be done?

Any assessment of the ‘messy’ state of schools and digital technology is bound to be a frustrating exercise. The immediate reaction of many readers of our research is likely to be a combination of disappointment, dissatisfaction and demand for action. ‘So how might things be improved?’. ‘What needs to change?’. ‘What exactly would you do […]

Writing and re-writing

While we are not even halfway through the empirical stages of the project, we are now well into the thinking/making sense/developing ‘findings’ phase. Keep an eye on the ‘Project Outputs’ tab for details for what is being produced … but bear in mind that this is an iterative process. Today’s great piece of writing always […]