Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Responsibility for learning


A significant number of students in Australian schools seem to be having difficulty acquiring basic literacy and numeracy skills. Yet they have an incredible capacity for learning with technology. Could that be because technology puts them in control? Perhaps as the effectiveness, or otherwise, of so many well-intentioned, well-researched and well-resourced literacy and numeracy programs is re-assessed, educators should look closely at why it is that students learn so well with technology. One of the keys to successful learning is enabling students to take control of and become responsible for their own learning. When students are encouraged and enabled to to this, significantly increased levels of meaningful learning occur. [Author abstract, ed]

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