THEMES

The overarching theme, "Technology and Communications: the Catalyst for Educational Change" is supported by ten sub-themes. The notes on the sub-themes below are all intended to suggest rather than restrict topics for consideration. Proposals can include, but are not limited to: case studies, theoretical analysis, visions of the future, activist platforms, hands-on activities or any combination of these.

  1. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL POLICY
    bulletre-writing of policies to accommodate new learning methods
    bulletre-skilling the administrators and teachers
    bulletfinancial planning for technological provision
    bulletcentral services and links, local and international
  2. IMPLEMENTATION IN THE CLASSROOM
    bulletinfluence on the existing curriculum: enabling a new curriculum
    bulletthe changing look of the classroom
    bulletpupil entitlement
    bulletaccommodating different learning/teaching paradigms
  3. EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
    bulletsoftware, hardware and services
    bulletthe student/machine interface
    bulletwhat is out there? What needs to be?
    bulletinterfacing technology with assessment strategies
  4. DISTANCE AND OPEN LEARNING
    bulletInternet services in distance and open learning (e-mail, conferences, gopher, WWW, listservers, FTP, Telnet etc.)
    bulletuses at different stages of education
    bulletcommunity use
  5. DATABASES AND UNSTRUCTURED RESOURCES IN THE CURRICULUM
    bulletcomputer mediated communication and databases as a tool for learning
    bulletcommunication and database access as resources for teachers' work
    bulletimplications for school development (electronic publishing, virtual libraries, easy access to knowledge, Geographical Information Systems, new presentation techniques)
    bulletcommercial implications, budget strategies, information as commercial goods, public/private enterprises
  6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHER EDUCATION
    bulletstandards for provision
    bullettraining and supporting the trainers
    bulletstrategies to integrate technology across teacher education
    bulletremote communities of practice
    bulletstrategies for in-service training and teacher support
  7. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE DISABLED
    bulletaccess to the mainstream curriculum
    bullettechnology as a leveller of the playing field
    bullettechnological developments for special applications
  8. RESEARCH PROGRAMS
    bulletproven success/failure through the use of new information technologies
    bulletareas for future enquiry

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