Students quantitative literacy and critical thinking skills can be improved by regular use of spreadsheet tasks

How are Spreadsheets used in Schools My experience and observation in New Zealand Secondary Schools has been that using spreadsheets is a nice optional extra. Hardly surprising really when the Senior Mathematics Assessment Achievement Standard guides have no requirement for spreadsheet skills, thus giving little motivation for teachers to implement a spreadsheet skills program. Some…

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…