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E-reading

Posted by Natalie Spence on April 4th, 2011

The Kindle and other readers such as the Barnes and Noble ‘Nook’ or Sony readers all use electronic paper, which digitally mimics paper. The display is reflective, which means it is easily read in sunlight (as opposed to the shiny iPad which favours more muted light), is kinder on the eyes and requires an external [...]

iPads – the new pen and paper?

Posted by Jayde Cahir on January 31st, 2011

Digital Life published an article ‘The three Rs get rad with an iPad’ that stated ‘iPads can be distributed by schools under its digital education revolution program … schools are expanding the use of new technologies in classrooms, rolling out iPads to help teachers and students with learning’.
Recently the LTC conducted an iPad trial. Our [...]

QR Codes in Education

Posted by Elaine Huber on November 20th, 2010

Have you seen these matrices popping up around the place? They look a little like a barcode on steroids. This post gives an overview of QR codes and their uses for education. There are video clips abound on what QR codes are and what they can do for you, see  here, and here for examples. Basically [...]

Time to learn, think and then teach

Posted by Martin Parisio on November 19th, 2010

Higher education learners are frequently using new technologies as part of their everyday activity.  This increasing trend is reflected in the learners’ educational experiences as outlined by peak educational technology bodies around the world (CAUDIT, EDUCAUSE, JISC, & SURF, 2010, pp. 8-9).  As a result, Universities (including Macquarie) are consistently planning, designing and developing infrastructure [...]

iPads in Education: changing the way we teach and learn?

Posted by leemowbray on November 5th, 2010

Like other educational institutions, Macquarie is keen to integrate current and emerging technologies to enable and enhance the student experience. With the release of the iPad, Educational Developers could see a number of possible uses in Higher Education, and were keen to evaluate whether iPads were a major ‘game-changer’ or a passing fad?
We sought the [...]

Opportunities for providing enhanced field study experiences on mobile platforms

Posted by malakandadai on September 1st, 2010

The field study is an essential learning experience in subject areas as diverse as biology, geology, paleontology, architecture and art history. Educators have always faced a considerable challenge in making the experience rich and assessable whether it is undertaken on  group or individual basis. Standard outcome presentation formats have been reports, photos and podcasts [...]

Augmented Reality

Posted by Elaine Huber on July 30th, 2010

HERDSA are currently advertising information on an upcoming event which is part of their ‘Transforming Assessment Webinar‘ series. See below for details. For an introduction to augmented reality, watch this CommonCraft video. Can you see a use for this technology in your learning and teaching context? Or perhaps you already use some form of augmented [...]

OK, Got my “crazy powerful” iPad. NOW what?

Posted by tomkerr on July 14th, 2010

Yes, it’s light and small, yes its screen is largish and gorgeous, and yes, there are 200,000 apps (and counting) that I can explore and use over the next 3 lifetimes or so, but how am I going to use my iPad in a serious pedagogical way to learn or teach? This dilemma is akin [...]

Call for Manuscripts: work-based mobile learning

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on April 22nd, 2009

Call for Manuscripts: work-based mobile learning: concepts and cases
Mobile phones were identified in the Horizon Report (2009) as the technologies with the highest likelihood of entry into the mainstream learning … Issues surrounding mobile learning in work-based contexts have only been marginally covered to date despite the potentially huge impact of mobile technologies on supporting [...]

The myth of the digital generation?

Posted by Agnes Bosanquet on February 4th, 2009

Here’s how it goes.  Whatever you call them – Gen Y or Z, Millennials, The Net Generation, digital natives – they learn/communicate/think radically differently from previous generations.  They have grown up with laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, hand-held games, global positioning systems, ipods, and DVD players which they use for blogging, social networking, creating and [...]