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Call for papers - Computers in New Zealand Schools - Innovative practices and future possibilities

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Call for papers for a special issue of Computers in New Zealand Schools

(http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/ )

 Assessment and ICTs: Innovative practices and future possibilities

Guest Editors: Elaine Khoo and Bronwen Cowie (University of Waikato)


The New Zealand Curriculum document states that information and communication technology (ICT) and e-learning has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches recommended in the document. In this special issue, we would like to explore the potential for ICTs to support assessment practices to complement innovative teaching approaches including, teaching and learning as inquiry. Such innovations provide for students’ developing understandings and knowledge, sense of responsibility for their own and group/class learning and positive attitudes and motivation towards the learning of a content area and learning in general.

 Developments in ICTs and social networking tools offer teachers and students new ways to construct, represent, develop and report on what students know and understand. Students can draw from a rich range of resources albeit in multimodal formats and means to better express and manage their learning. When teachers use ICTs to support students to construct and represent their learning through images, videos, podcasts, e-portfolios and blogs, for example, they can help cater for diversity in student approaches and preferences. This can help break down traditional space and time learning configurations.

 ICT-rich environments can also inform teachers and students explicitly about what is being learnt and offer teachers with new and different opportunities for involving students in assessment in a meaningful and equitable manner. Students are able to obtain feedback on their learning not only from their teachers, peers but also from sources and people outside the classroom.

 We hope that the papers in this special issue will help disseminate innovative practices and open up a space for the discussion of future possibilities for ICT-based assessment approaches. All papers will be peer reviewed.

 We invite research and practice-based papers related, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Frameworks, principles, methodologies
  • Teacher and student experiences of classroom assessment practices
  • The use of ICT in assessment for reporting/ student data analysis purposes
  • The use of ICT tools such as video, social networking, online environments

Research papers: Articles that report on original research or evaluation, syntheses of the literature, and theoretical or conceptual works. 5000 words or less, including references with APA style referencing. Shorter papers are welcome.

Practice papers: These papers describe school/classroom-based projects focusing on an ICT supported practice. Up to 3000 words, including references with APA style referencing.

Deadlines are as follows:

Submission of abstracts:               1 March, 2012 (200 words) (extended deadline)

Notification of acceptance:          5 March, 2012

Submission of full paper:              13 April, 2012

Submission of revised paper:     5 June, 2012

Estimated publication date:         July 2012

If you wish to discuss your thoughts for an article, or would like to submit abstracts and papers, please contact Elaine Khoo at ekhoo@waikato.ac.nz.

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