EdTech and learning
In this breakout, two leading New Zealand researchers – Rachel Bolstad and Dr Garry Falloon – look at the role and impact of EdTech in schools. They will provide an overview of latest education thinking as well as unpacking a recent study where primary school students explored a series of learning-related apps.
This breakout will also provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss with the presenters ways in which educational researchers can assist them in the planning and shaping of their products and services.
Rachel is a senior researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and is the co-author of a recently published report Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching – a New Zealand perspective“. Her research interests include environmental education/education for sustainability, school-based curriculum development and innovation, science education, education for enterprise and the role and potential of ICT, multimedia, and eLearning in education.
Dr Garry Falloon
Dr Falloon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education of the University of Waikato. He was previously project leader for the Ministry of Education’s eLearning research initiative – the Digital Opportunities Projects, and is presently involved in post-graduate teaching, supervision, and research in digital technologies and eLearning.
He has just completed a study into the use of mobile tablets for supporting literacy and Thinking skills with new entrant primary students, specifically examining app content and design influences on the quality of the students’ learning pathways. Other research interests include technology-facilitated school-scientist partnerships, the use of synchronous virtual classrooms in supporting distance students, online learning environment design, and the design and use of digital learning objects in schools.