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eLearning Spaces: Managing Collaborative Technologies in Schools Cecilie Murray Delphian eLearning Pty Ltd dream discover do cecilie@delphian.com.au 2005 data Australian Bureau Statistics 2005 2005 data In Australia: 37% of children accessed the internet daily

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elearning spaces managing collaborative technologies in schools

eLearning Spaces:Managing Collaborative Technologiesin Schools

Cecilie Murray

Delphian eLearning Pty Ltd

dream discover do



2005 data

Australian Bureau Statistics 2005


2005 data

In Australia:

37% of children accessed the internet daily

33% of children accessed the internet 2-3 times per week

Increasing use of the internet from 5-6 year olds

More frequent use by 12-13 year olds

Less frequent access in Australia than UK or Hong Kong

More frequent use in homes with broadband

99% parents think the internet is beneficial for their children


U.S. data

  • 66% of nursery school children and 80 percent of kindergartners have used computers
  • At school and home:
    • web sites with interactive stories and animated lessons that teach letters, numbers, and rhymes
    • favorite computer activity is writing an eMail message to a grandparent

National Center for Education Statistics



Net generation

Research :

  • they multi-task in innovative and divergent thinking styles (Raines, 2002)
  • characteristics differ from previous generations:
    • Prefer group activity
    • Close to parents and home background
    • Spend more time on screens; less TV time
    • “Clever” is cool
    • Fascinated by technologies
    • Racially and ethnically diverse



mobile devices

  • The Nokia Game: interactive, all-media adventure game (inquiry based learning)
      • Mobile phones
      • Instant Messenging
      • Television
      • Internet movie downloads



Mobiles ring death knell for the PCIn a radical attempt to develop the concept of a 'classroom without walls', many UK schools are starting to abandon PCs in favour of mobile technology. Sean Dodson reports Tuesday November 15, 2005The GuardianA few short years after PCs began appearing wholesale in UK schools, it seems they are on their way out. What started in the US has now reached our shores - the mobile phone, wireless, portable and powerful, is moving into class with teachers' blessing.



pete's vegie patch

PDA demonstrator resources prepared by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Custom content or

Student assessment

Café Latte video



$100 Laptops


global learning

"One Laptop per Child."

Open source, Linux based, Wi-Fi enabled

500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel.

6 countries in March

Brazil, Thailand, China, Egypt




Schools & teachers responding to:

  • Global pressure – Australian economy and need for skilled workforce
  • Technological pressure – rapid change impacting on teaching practice
  • Curriculum pressure – VELS and POLT
  • Personal pressure – to make a difference to the students in our classes
The teacher-librarian


  • What is my role?
  • What are my responsibilities?

managing eLearning spaces


Online courses and activities



  • eLearning environment/platform
  • learning portal
  • virtual learning environment
  • managed learning environment
  • learning management system
  • content management system
  • learning content management system
  • videoconferencing

School leaders have:

  • Immediate online access to student data
  • Effective communications with parents & staff via email, discussions groups
  • Students have:
  • Home access to resources, assignments from anywhere
  • Online submission of assignments, ePortfolio
  • Peer collaboration tools, chat and discussion groups
  • Parents have:
  • Home access to resources and homework
  • Online access to school bulletins and staff




  • Teachers have:
  • Access to global digital resources
  • eClassroom for online learning, student tracking and assessment
  • Collaborative tools for professional learning

why have one?



when choosing for learning:

  • Mobility
  • Interoperability
  • Convergence
  • Divergence
  • Integration
  • Richness of content
  • Security
  • Creativity, interactivity and collaboration
  • Open source

total cost of ownership

when assessing business costs:

  • hardware purchases and maintenance
  • software acquisition and upgrade costs
  • vendor management costs
  • security and anti-virus management
  • service and lease costs
  • telecommunications and network costs
  • dedicated costs for housing and running ICT
  • direct labour support costs
  • technical training
  • teacher professional development

Who am I? My roles? My responsibilities?

  • library/learning centre
    • creative use of spaces
    • storage and retrieval of physical and digital resources
    • computing configuration
    • care of mobile technologies
  • eLearning environment/platform
    • intranet development/maintenance
    • virtual learning environment development/maintenance
  • become informed of what’s out there in eLearning spaces
  • analyse your school’s needs
  • ask the right questions
  • research the benefits, risks, costs
  • develop your role and responsibilities
  • develop your school’s library/resource or learning centre
  • lead new thinking with innovation