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Innovations in education : tablets

Abstract

In this group of three separate articles the authors discuss the use of tablet PCs in educational applications at their schools. In 'Tablets: the smart medicine for teaching and learning', Lee Bond explains how Immanuel Lutheran College on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland is using ICT to make real systemic change in the delivery of education in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. The project team is also planning to embed the technology in subjects like art, Japanese, music and environmental education. In 'Tablets: integrating infotech', Giovanna Iannicelli explains how the tablet PCs are being used at Adelaide's St Mary's College interdisciplinary Engineering and IT Day, in conjunction with UniSA. Years 9 and 10 attend workshops in robotics and programming. Pascale Warnant, Sheila Peres da Silva and Rhoda Patrick, in 'Tablets: redesigning the learning experience', discuss how tablet PCs are being used at Our Lady of Mercy College in Sydney to develop student understanding of scientific concepts in biology over the next two years. The teachers leading the project will evaluate the impact of the technology on the teaching and learning as well as changes in students' attitudes towards biology. [Author abstract, ed]

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