How are children gaining ICT skills in a low decile school classroom environment? : research project report.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
This case study explores how primary school children in one low decile school classroom gain their skills using a computer in an integrated way. Interviews were carried out with the principal, the teacher and children and an observation of a lesson was completed. Children in this study gained their Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) skills primarily in the classroom environment. Children mentored others and were being mentored to develop ICT skills in both the classroom and at the horne. The study describes four strategies used by the teacher to integrate ICT into the classroom environment, and reports on children's perceptions of their learning. The strategies used by the teacher include fostering a social-constructivist approach in the classroom which actively encourages a range of interactions, planning to integrate a range of technologies in authentic and meaningful contexts as part of the normal programme, providing a range of support systems for children to use within the classroom, and fostering of positive attitudes towards supporting each other in problem-solving and learning.