My scribbles

Articles archive

As my interests have changed over the years and my opportunities to work and write have altered, I have often co-written articles with other people I am working with or begun to write in fields that have little to do with computers in education. Some articles reflect the work Paul and I do in Digital Learning Futures and the lifestyle we now share.
 
I enjoy writing for QUICK, the magazine of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education QSITE, of which I am proud to be a life member.
The following selection of articles may be useful to people who read our website.
 

ICT articles

Alternative ways to undertake ICT training in Indigenous communities

Williams, M (2009). Practical models for computer training of Indigenous Adults in Outback Australia.  This article was published on behalf of Paul and myself, especially for our website. http://www.learningfutures.com.au/sites/default/files/Practical%20models%20for%20Indigenous%20adult%20learning.pdf
 
In Australia as elsewhere in the world, there is a view that adult training, especially about technology, requires pages of step-by-step instructions and boring exercises about all the features of software in some weird order totally unrelated to practical tasks. The presumptions about this model of learning are flawed. It can never work for second and third language speakers, for people with little text literacy, or those who do not relate to linear lockstep thinking (which includes most of us). In spite of all the flaws of this training model, we still see training institutions pump out thousands of software courses for adults and young pre-vocational workers, even for teachers who will then impose this model of learning on their students. In our experience, step by step software skills training certainly does not work for Indigenous children or adults.
 
Williams, M (2009) An out of school experience. Quick Number 111 2009. http://www.learningfutures.com.au/sites/default/files/QSITE%20article%20w%20pics%20-%20reducedd.pdf
 
Even though my recent experience is with Indigenous adults in remote communities, I have reflections about using technology in schools that may be useful (so I think). I particularly want to speak to teachers of Indigenous children and to teachers in Indigenous community schools to suggest that schools and training usual approaches to using ICT are not necessary or desirable in Indigenous communities. There are better ways if we teach less and let people learn more though practical personal ICT projects.
 
Williams, M. and Sutton, P. (2009). Cultural Riches, traveling into Indigenous Communities. Wander magazine December 2009. http://www.learningfutures.com.au/document/cultural-riches-travelling-indigenous-communities
 
An article about understanding Indigneous culture while traveling as a tourist throughout Australia.
 

Cyber safety

Brandt, T. and Williams, M (2007).School-based Habits for Online Safety. Quick magazine Number 104, Spring 2007. The whole magazine is available at http://www.qsite.edu.au/files/quick_104_Spring2007.pdf   This individual article by Therese and myself is duplicated here at http://www.learningfutures.com.au/sites/default/files/School%20Based%20Habits%20for%20Online%20Safety%20.pdf .
 
This article calls for commonsense about Internet safety in schools and urges systems and schools not to "block and ban" as a first strategy to protecting students. Teachers keen to embed cybersafety in their curriculum approach will value this article.
 

School network design

Baskin, C. and Williams, M. (2007). Understanding the Potential: ( or recovering the lost potential. Keynote to the AISQ State conference 2007.
 
This presentation will unpack some data developed in the QSITE community and through a study with James Cook University which suggest that ICT services being delivered across school networks are not cognizant of curriculum and pedagogical rationales.  A version of this paper  was also delivered  to the QSITE State Conference 2007 as a keynote. Duplicated here at  http://www.learningfutures.com.au/sites/default/files/AISQ_Keynote_networks.pdf
 
This should be read in conjunction with the QSITE Position paper, Designing Networks with Pedagogy in mind, which was the result of the JCU research undertaken by Colin and myself with considerable input from QSITE’s wisest minds. http://www.qsite.edu.au/files/capacity%20of%20school%20netowrks.pdf
 
 
The QSITE position on network development is that learning and teaching must be central to decision-making about the services hosted by our school networks. This needs to be balanced against the demands of developing manageable, reliable and secure networks, secondary agendas which according to QSITE research, have so far dominated the design and management of schools computing services.
 
 
Other Selected relevant project publications
 
These projects were conducted through professional associationswho used the countroies experts in the field to work together to develop these nationally significant milestones. Michelle was president of ACCE at that time and was project manager and a primary writer for many projects.
 
SiMERR University of New England. Partnerships in ICT Learning Study
 
Partnerships in ICT Learning (PICTL) was a project funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). The tender was awarded to a consortium comprising the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA), and the National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) at the University of New England. It hosted a professional development project in 8 universities in Australia. Project manager, project design with others, coordination of implementation, research collection.
 
Pegg,J., Reading C.,Williams M.(2007). Partnerships in ICT Learning: FullReport.  Commonwealth of Australia Department of Science, Education and Training, Canberra.
 
James Cook University. Various projects.
 
The New Basics and ICTs project (New BICTS Project) for preservice teachers using ICT in remote schools, a range of minor research projects including a project evaluating the curriculum use of school networks and learning management systems which led to the QSITE position paper on network on development policy in schools, largely written by Michelle. Some sessional teaching.
 
Baskin C. and Williams M.(2005). Understanding the potential: (or Recovering the lost potential.). keynote to the QSITE State conference. Brisbane. Published in QUICK magazine.
 
QSITE (2006). Designing ICT services with pedagogy in mind. QSITE Position paper. http://www.qsite.edu.au.
 
Australian Council for Computers in Education: Various projects, referecnes below.
 
1999-2001 National Information Exchange project Quality Teacher Program. Project management, design of professional learning, web design and development, support to professional associations across Australia to begun developing online communities and websites. Development of several models for professional development for associations to use after extensive research study.
 
Williams, M. (2000). Models for telecommunications curriculum projects.. Natcom 3 web site. http://www.pa.ash.org.au/acce/natcom/natcom3.
2001-02 Standards for ICT-Using Teachers Projects - parts 1 and 2 resulting in the publications below. 
 
Downs, T., Fluck, A., Gibbons, P. Leonard, R., Matthews, C. Oliver, R. Vickers, M. and Williams, M. (2001). Making Better Connections. Models of teacher professional development for the integration of information and communication technology into classroom practice. Report to DEST. Canberra: Goanna Print.
 
Webb, I., Downes, T and Williams, M (2002). Raising the Standards: A Proposal for the Development of an ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. Report to DEST.
 

These projects were developed under the auspices of the Australian Council for Computers in Eduation who archive this work and continue to contribute to the national debates about ICTs in Learning. The following information was contained on  their web site.


NATCOM: 1997 / 1998 / 1999
A sequence of three national projects for the Australian Government. These projects assisted the peak body for each of the Austrlaian Key Learning Areas (KLAs) to investigate and implement online activities for their KLA. NATCOM2 provided advice to the Education Network Australia (EdNA).
www.pa.ash.org.au/natcom/natcom3/

Teacher Learning Technology Competencies: 2000
ACCE published a special edition of its journal Australian Educational Computing in 2000 devoted to the issues of teacher competencies for the use of ICT. www.acce.edu.au/position_ltcomp.asp

Models of Teacher Professional Development for the use of ICT in Classroom Practice: 2001-2002
ACCE, in consortium with the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA), the University of Western Australia (UWS) and TEFA, conducted a project for the Department of Education, Science and Technology (DEST) which resulted in the report Making Better Connections.
www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/publications_resources/profiles/making_better_connections.htm

National Teacher Standards for ICT: 2002
ACCE, in consortium with ACSA, UWA and TEFA, conducted a project for DEST to produce a national framework for ICT standards for teachers.
www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/publications_resources/profiles/raising_standards_ict_competency_framework.htm

National QTP Information Exchange: 2002-2005
ACCE, in consortium with ACSA and National Curriculum SErvices (NCS), conducted a project for DEST to provide a national information exchange in relation to the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme.
http://qualityteaching.dest.gov.au

Partnerships for ICT Learning (PICTL): 2005-2006
ACCE, in consortium with ACSA and the National Centre for Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR), is conducting a project for DEST to investigate partnerships between universities, schools and school systems regarding teacher professional development and the pre-service training for new teachers.
www.pictl.edu.au

Education Queensland

 
2003-2005 Various projects including evaluation of the Quality Teacher Program professional learning projects in all curriculum areas for the state, writing formal reports, developing web-based materials to share best practice models and the synthesis of the models into three major online publications. Complemented some national reviewing being undertaken at the time for DEST.
 
Williams, M. (2004). Leading and managing professional learning. Multiple Case studies of QTP Success http://www.learningplace.com.au/defaulteqa2.asp?orgid=68&suborgid=423
 
Williams, M. (2005). Leading and managing professional learning Case studies of QTP Successes. http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=26999
 
Williams, M.(2005). Leadership and management of professional learning. Research Report into the models for professional learning arising from QTP. http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=18566
 
Williams, M. and Sutton, P. (2003). Online Roundtables for sharing expertise amongst scattered professionals. Reported presented for the QTP Project. to Education Queensland.
 
Williams (2003). Constructivist model for professional development about Productive Pedagogies. QTP Project. Education Queensland.