Centre for Educational Multimedia

Exemplar Schools: Digistories of using innovative learning technologies

The multimedia stories in this website describe how six Australian schools have used technology to improve student engagement and learning outcomes, sustain professional learning, promote curriculum change and make connections with their wider community.

This research has been funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The full report can be downloaded [6mb].

Technology and Learning
Using laptops to support Maths Student Generated Video
The creation of video is embedded in the curriculum as a standard tool in communicating and analysing but also, and most importantly, as a tool to facilitate reflection and metacognitive thinking. Student videos are also used to improve assessment and reporting.
Virtual Learning Environments
The use of an intranet/extranet learning environment to scaffold students' access of the web, access to tasks and supports, communication and other learning activities.
Interactive Whiteboards
Teachers have been able to use this technology to increase student motivation and learning outcomes by enabling collaborative workspaces and engaging students in working with real texts
Digital resources
Students are provided with a multimedia package bringing together curriculum materials for all their subjects. These resources have been shown to support students with differentiated learning pathways.
This digistory explores some of the outcomes of using WebQuests including the changes to teacher roles and student engagement through connectedness to strong images of their own social futures.
Curriculum, Community and Authentic Contexts
Interactive Whiteboards Digital Newsletter
This online newsletter includes work produced by the students and is distributed to the parents, teachers and peers. Celebrating exemplar work in this way has been shown to engage the wider school community while also providing students with an authentic context and meaningful purpose.
Futures Perspective
Staff are encouraged to reflect on what the world will be like for students in the future, what they will need in knowledge, skills and attitude to learn in that future. This focus not only requires curriculum change but also a change to the way teachers, leaders, students and parents approach schooling.
Local and Global connections
Teachers collaborate to situate student learning in a global context using a problem based approach. Students make connections between school life, community, the environment and and global issues.
Community Engagement
Technology is used to improve relationships across the wider school community while at the same time providing authentic contexts for student learning.
Teachers, Leaders and School Organisation
Classroom Professional Learning
Professional learning communities have been shown to sustain ICT integration and curriculum change. Key elements are regular meetings, an emphasis on research and reflection, a focus on learning outcomes, relevant training, fundng and positive leadership.

Leadership and school organisation
The role of leadership is highlighted as an important issue in engendering a productive learning environment. This digistory describes how a leadership team approached school organization, technology, teacher collaboration, student learning and community engagement.