Using the power of research to inform ICT integration in education

Grainne Conole, Maarten De Laat, Teresa Dillon, Jonathan Darby (2008) ‘Disruptive technologies’, ‘pedagogical innovation’: What’s new? Findings from an in-depth study of students’ use and perception of technology, Computers & Education, Volume: 50, Issue: 2,

The paper describes the findings from a study of students use and experience of technologies. A series of in-depth case studies were carried out across four subject disciplines, with data collected via survey, audio logs and interviews. The findings indicate that students are immersed in a rich, technology-enhanced learning environment and that they select and appropriate technologies to their own personal learning needs. The paper concludes by suggesting that the findings have profound implications for the way in which educational institutions design and support learning activities.

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