Geoff's paper is now available- see below.
ACCE ICT Leader of the Year 2003
Dr Geoff Romeo is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. He has been with the Faculty since 1991. Prior to this he was a teacher with the Education Department of Victoria. In 1989 he was an International Teaching Fellow and taught for 12 months at Galveston Elementary School in Arizona, USA. His research interests include the use of ICT in education, at all levels, to improve teaching and learning, online teaching and learning, the development of primary and middle school curriculum, action research and education in general.
Dr Romeo is the immediate past president of ICT in Education Victoria, and a past member of the Australian Council for Computers in Education and the Standards Council of the Teaching Profession. Dr Romeo is active in delivering and organizing Professional Development for schools, organizations and teachers, and has presented at conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Denmark and Chile.
Teaching, Learning and Technology: Research, Reform, Realise the Potential
After more than two decades of information and communication technologies in schools, the 'computers in education' movement is at a crossroad, maybe even a crisis. There is still confusion about why the technology matters, widespread reluctance to move beyond the tokenistic use of computers in the classroom, and mixed messages about the potential of the technology. There is a real danger that the hard work of the last two decades and could well be usurped by the networked world of online teaching, learning objects and learning management systems.
This paper, with an eye on the past, is an exploration of likely educational technology futures. The exploration of these futures helps us to explore the issues, acknowledge the realities, and reach a consensus about how technology will be organised and for what purposes.
It begins by focusing of what the research is telling us about what we now know about good teaching and learning, discussing what might need reforming and reflecting on how the potential of technology in education might be realised.