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Seven Steps to ICT Integration

Seven Steps to ICT Integration by Margaret Robertson
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We hope that Seven steps to ICT integration will assist its readers to move smoothly towards specific initiatives of their choosing. We work from the premise that achieving a return from the substantial workplace investments in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) requires an understanding of situated professional learning. Our book describes learning based on firsthand local-lived experiences of participants observed through research studies. Interwoven with these observations are general principles of learning, understandings, possibilities and related examples. Knowledge, learning and action We take the view that knowledge, learning and action cannot be separated meaningfully. Support for learning and action with ICTs requires expert knowledge and related understanding. Each situation is unique and there are no ready-made answers that can be applied universally. That is, in a complex endeavour such as incorporating the use of ICT into teaching and learning there is neither a unique, nor a specific strategy for achieving a particular outcome. What is valid in one situation may be irrelevant in another. Momentby- moment judgements are required in order to achieve progress. Extracts from literature and findings from research are not sufficient to remove the need for judgements. However, they can provide points of reference and insightful examples, heuristics or ‘rules of thumb’ that others have found useful, or just prompts that may assist the learning processes occurring in the everyday conversations of those individuals involved. To the extent that this book is able to make a contribution, it will promote learning that enables its readers to construct and reconstruct their own understandings of: • their lived experience in relation to the use of ICT • the possibilities for its continuation • the possibilities (and opportunities) for improvement and change • the constraints currently limiting initiatives.
Australian Council for Educational Research; February 2007
202 pages; ISBN 9781429477703
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Title: Seven Steps to ICT Integration
Author: Margaret Robertson; Ivan Webb; Andrew Fluck