My name is Jessica Reeves and I am currently studying technology integration in primary and secondary education as part of my Masters Program. The Australian education system has a reputation for high quality scientific research and innovation, which sparked my curiosity in your curriculum and classroom practices. I am interested in learning more about how technology is used by educators in your area and how I could implement new strategies or tools to cultivate 21st century skills in my own students.
I have several questions on which I’d like to focus my research. I have listed them below. I would appreciate your help in answering these questions or a recommendation for others who may be able to provide feedback. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Please tell me about yourself and your role in education.
How do you currently use technology in your field?
What are the major advantages and disadvantages to technology use within your school/area?
How are students evaluated on their information and communication technology competency?
How are teachers evaluated on their integration of technology in the classroom (as a general competency)?
What tools are students expected to be proficient in? Do students follow a technology curriculum based on their current skills? For example, if students have mastered Microsoft Excel do they move on to another tool?
Do you feel that you have the training and skills necessary to implement a technology rich method of instruction? If yes, where did you receive this training? If no, what PD or courses do you wish you had?
In general, do schools have equal access to technology resources?
I operate a blogging community called The Writers' Club, a place for students to put up any writing they wish to have a global audience for. Our community currently consists of nearly 650 student writers from 30 schools in 11 countries.
We are currently looking for student writers in New Zealand and Australia (outside Victoria). If you or someone you know would be interested in signing students up to our community, please reply to this message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .