Learning Environments

MirandaNet, one of the strongest and best-established online education communities, has at its core the use of digital technologies to enhance learning.

The conventional paradigm of schooling – rows of desks, learners facing the teacher – is adapting to the possibilities offered by technologies to re-shape what we think of as learning. These Observations show how some MirandaNet professionals are facing that challenge.

  • Good Room Design
    Resources and Inspiration on Creating Spaces for Learning Article “The end of the computer room is nigh” or so the experts have said for at least the last 10 years. But the fact remains that, despite laptop trollies, tablets, mobile phones, BYOD and cross curricular approaches, ICT computer rooms remain in demand: sometimes in non-traditional forms, and, unfortunately, too often in forms that are not ideal for teaching. Maybe this demand is because these rooms are important or maybe we’re ... Read More ...
  • The iPod Trial Program at McCarthy Catholic College
    Abstract This paper explores the use of iPod Touches within a Catholic systemic high school setting in New South Wales, Australia. Unlike previous examples which have explored the concept  of m-learning (mobile learning) from the perspective of student achievement in standardized tests, this study explored student motivation and engagement in the use of the devices. This report identified that students were significantly more motivated to learn mathematics when they were using the devices, and significant numbers of students felt that they ... Read More ...
  • Ready or not, the Personal Learning Environment is coming with the ePortfolio Process as the Keystone
    Abstract Although there are many ‘Drivers’ for personalised learning, the term itself does mean different things to different people. Having been ‘thrown in’ to educational agendas and discussions, a lot of people are talking about ‘personalised learning’. Frequently they are talking about different things. This has created a situation where schools and teachers are generally quite confused about what it is that they are being told that they need to implement, introduce or support. Author: John Pallister Publication Date: 2009 Assessment for learning and curriculum ... Read More ...
  • Harnessing Tools Designed To Support Teaching, To Support Learning
    Abstract This is a joint report by John Pallister and Paul Mayes. The learning environment provided by schools is now complemented by environments enabled by technology. If learning is metered-out and controlled by teachers in a ‘traditional learning environment’ during school hours, the learner can now access learning opportunities whenever they want to, as long as they have internet access; the required skills and the motivation. The boundaries between formal, planned learning and unplanned learning are likely to evaporate as the internet ... Read More ...