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Cybercells: Enhancing academic and social support of teachers and adult community members in two remote communities in Western Australia
The project trialled Phase 1 of an ARC Linkage grant to investigate how the use of advanced interactive computer technologies adapted for educational purposes can support the teaching and learning of science and mathematics through the use of Cybercells. Cybercells comprise of virtual and actual groups linked by purpose-built software where information, networks of people and transaction capabilities are provided within one intelligent environment allowing face-to-face and virtual groups to work together collaboratively with ease. Two existing Telecentres in Western Australia participated in this project.

Social Computing: Enhancing learning in remote Australia
This project was a collaboration between the SiMERR-ICT seven Australian state members and the SiMERR National Centre. It aimed to raise the awareness of the possibilities for, and impact of, social computing on student learning. This was achieved through providing a supported professional learning opportunity for teachers, via Web2 technologies, to implement action learning in their own school and to participate in a community of practice. The project evaluated the use of social computing for student learning and teacher professional learning, and produced a web-based collection of case studies of the use of social computing to support student learning.

Supporting a remote community school in whole-school teacher professional development to use interactive whiteboards to enhance teaching and learning in science, ICT and mathematics
This project aimed to support and document in a remote location the processes and outcomes of a whole-school teacher professional development initiative focused on the innovative use of new technology to enhance teaching and learning in science, ICT and mathematics. More specifically, teachers at a K-12 remote community school were supported by the SiMERR WA project team through an action learning/professional development program as they engaged in learning about, planning for, and implementing the use of interactive whiteboards.

The impact of a CALM Bush Ranger Cadet Group on learning within two schools in Western Australia
This project aimed to evaluate the impact of the introduction of a CALM Bush Ranger Cadet group into a school community. The project involved two separate case studies in WA, focusing on the identification of key factors that help or hinder the initiation and continuation of a CALM Bush Ranger group in a school setting, and how such a group might influence student engagement with learning.

Sustainability in education: Building long term solutions. Linking technology, science and mathematics outcomes for seven Western Australian schools
This DEST funded ASISTM project brought together a cluster of seven schools and Curtin University staff and students in an 'advocacy for action' agenda built around the topic of 'sustainability'. Students participated in school-designed programs aimed at developing technology, mathematics and science knowledge, skills, and values in an integrated way that also had an environmental sustainability focus.

Graduate survey of science, ICT and mathematics teaching
The general aim of this project was to investigate what has helped or hindered beginning primary teachers to implement the modern, 'best-practice' mathematics, ICT and science teaching they learned about in their Bachelor of Education studies. To do so, the project gathered written survey and interview data from recent graduates of Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) programs. The findings revealed some unexpected results which challenge commonly-held beliefs about the experiences of graduate teachers.

Aboriginal early numeracy: Recognising and accommodating different starting points in number
This project investigated the strategies Aboriginal children use in situations considered to be 'counting' from a western perspective; in particular, to set out to determine how Aboriginal children solve a problem where they are asked to make an equivalent set. The project also considered whether the students were able to count when asked to use counting to say how many are in a set. The findings of this project indicated that there is a need to develop activities that explicitly recognise, value and cater for the differing ways in which Aboriginal children interpret their experiences both in and out of school.

TSTV - Travelling Science Television
This DEST funded ASISTM project used Primary Science Connections as a context for five geographically spaced schools to showcase an extension of their completed science units of work. They did so using ICT specifically capturing learning through student-generated digital video. This took the form of a TV show via videoconferencing (between students, teachers of the five schools involved, and Curtin University associates) and other electronic means, extending the use and capabilities of ICT. Outcomes of the project included increased knowledge about constructivist learning, increased use of video conferencing for collaboration, and the development of a collaborative network of regional primary science teachers.

Different places, different faces: Linking pre-service education with regional, rural education
This project aimed to develop pre-service teachers' professional knowledge and capacities relevant to teaching in regional, rural and remote schools. In documenting the development of early years/primary curricula in a remote goldfields and a rural wheatbelt school, it demonstrated the opportunities for personal and professional development inherent in such a teaching environment, and how these can be harnessed to develop effective, efficient and rewarding learning and teaching experiences.

Enhancing the professional participation of ICT teachers
This initiative involved the sponsorship of two rural or remote WA ICT teachers to participate in and present at the Technology and Enterprise State Conference in Perth (26-27 May 2006), hosted by the Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies (CSaLT) at Edith Cowan University.

Enhancing the professional participation of science teachers
This initiative involved the sponsorship of four rural or remote WA science teachers to participate in and present at CONASTA 56 and the 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education (ICASE2007). This conference was held in Perth, 8-12 July 2007, and provided a unique and rare opportunity for WA teachers to have access to and contribute to an international science education community.

Plants for people multimedia pilot project - A new paradigm
This DEST funded ASISTM project involved 5 remote WA schools in the design of innovative multimedia teaching materials that foster a greater understanding of Indigenous culture and improve learning outcomes for Years 6-9 students in science and mathematics. Outcomes included the generation of interest for further studies within these areas and increased self-esteem and cultural pride for Indigenous students.

 

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