Sustaining local identity, control and ownership while integrating technology into school learning

Deirdre Butler, Carol Strohecker, Fred Martin

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Abstract

Empowering Minds (EM) is a project that has deeply integrated technologically expressive materials, including robotics and presentation and programming software, into the educational practices of teachers at more than a dozen primary schools across Ireland. Here, we present Empowering Minds as a model of constructionist learning and teacher professional development. As the project continues to grow, organisers are challenged to aim beyond sustainability to scalability, encouraging participants to develop ways of maintaining their local identities and their senses of control and ownership of the work and ideas. In this paper, we describe a collaborative project among four participating schools, including one teacher's account of his students' adapting a folkloric story in order to appropriate it for their own technical, narrative, and learning purposes. We emphasise the importance of a diverse, supportive community and adequate time for teachers' self-directed learning to develop and epistemological changes to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformatics Education - The Bridge between Using and Understanding Computers - International Conference in Informatics in Secondary Schools - Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2006, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages255-266
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)3540482180, 9783540482185
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event1st International Conference in Informatics in Secondary Schools - Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2006 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: Nov 7 2006Nov 11 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4226 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other1st International Conference in Informatics in Secondary Schools - Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2006
CountryLithuania
CityVilnius
Period11/7/0611/11/06

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