Does learner engagement and understanding increase with the use of asynchronous discussion in a blended learning environment?

Introduction In 2008 I was granted an e-learning fellowship allowing me to research if the use of online discussion forums in a high school history class had enhanced student engagement and led to deeper learning. I recently read two papers that caused me to reflect on my research. Holmes (2005), while analysing the benefits of…

Do interactive video tools lead to more active and deeper learning?

Introduction Last year I completed a Masters research paper with Waikato University (NZ) called “Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New pedagogies, new practices”. I was tasked to choose and analyse an emerging technology within a teaching and learning context. I chose to explore how interactive digital video tools, used in the classroom, could enable more…

Teacher Invaders

“Teacher Invaders” is a new flash based Quiz game from the makers of the popular “Fling the Teacher” game and is based on the very first video arcade game of the 1970’s called “Space Invaders”. Teacher Invaders creation software is free and easy to use. all you need to do is enter in some questions…

Fling the Teacher

“Fling the Teacher” has proven to be one of the most popular Quiz tools for my students. In the last 15 minutes of a period the class are invited to go online and are given a reward if they manage to “Fling the Teacher” Fling the Teacher quiz software is free from Content Generator and…