explored the development gaps in relation to the needs of youth at risk,
specifically CALD youth and their teachers, and new and emerging ICT
applications. The project focused on sound educational instructional
strategies and design for the use of technology with the target learner
group. The project primarily investigated how youth engage with e-learning,
teacher readiness to engage with the technologies and models of
instructional design for integrating the technologies into learning design.
The project originally identified online
voice tools, blogs and possibly pod-casting as e-learning tools and
technology that could engage young learners. Teachers were presented with a
starter session where the tools and their uses were demonstrated. Teachers
selected digital storytelling as the tool with the greatest potential
Further investigation into blogging and
pod-casting also identified the issues around using these ‘social software’
tools within an educational organisation. Downloads are restricted and
firewalls often prevent access to blogging and pod-casting sites.
Other technologies such as online voice
tools and digital storytelling programs can be accessed within most
organisations’ IT infrastructure. The decision to focus on these
technologies and on digital storytelling in particular was influenced also
by findings from the literature scan.