This is a three year ‘Discovery’ research project funded by the Australian Research Council. The project aims to examine – and then look beyond – the complex and often compromised nature of digital technology use in secondary schools.
This project addresses the long-standing question of why digital technologies have largely failed to have a consistent impact on the core processes of schools and schooling. The overarching aim of the project is to identify the socio-technical adjustments that might be made within schools to facilitate ‘better’ uses of digital technology. Using an innovative combination of large-scale surveying, in-depth ethnographic study and critical participatory design, the project will:
(i) provide rich insights into why digital technologies are often not being used to their full potential in schools;
(ii) actively collaborate with school communities in experimenting and constructing alternatives.