Alan Barnes

If we knew how we learn, we would not be so stupid. So clearly we do not know a lot about how we learn. For us as a species this is a crucial issue. But we are also a tool using species and tools are very close to us cognitively. My interests are what our use of one family of tools, namely computers, can tell us about our learning. We have reached a turning point, computer interfaces now enable a biologically primary engagement, there is no need for secondary learning processes like writing or language to cramp our engagement and our empowerment through computers. This is nothing short of revolutionary...just not many have realised it yet. Current and recent projects include: Gestural Interfaces and Symbolic Thinking. Data Mining for Learning in Social Networks. Contemporary Learning Environments with Bruce White, Mike Lawson and collaborating schools. Indigenous Excellence in Science, Technology and Mathematics with Prof. Peter Buckskin, Assoc.Prof. Jim Davies, Will Morony and the ASSETS steering committee. I have been fortunate to have supervised (with colleagues) some exceptional students, for example: Leigh Disney, iPads and Mathematics Learning in Pre-School. Rebecca Vivian, Informal learning in Facebook. Elizabeth Andrew, Assistance affordances for literacy learning. Shafizul Mohammad, Online communities and informal professional development. Carmel Maio-Taddeo, Transformative Leadership and ICT. Dean Holloway, Affordances for mathematics learning. Ruth Geer, Interaction and cognition in online learning communities. Thomas Hu, Teaching surveying and applied science through computational technologies. Esther Loong, Web based teaching strategies for secondary school mathematics. Ron MacDonald,Complex factors influencing transition to thorough integration of ICTs into curriculum. Sabry Abd-El-Fattah, Explanatory style, and implicit theories of self. Chinawong Sringam, Adult Student Learning through the Integration of Information and Communication technologies in distance education on Thailand. Mary Allen, Learning to Lipread with Computers in Open Learning Environments.
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Emerging pedagogies for the use of iPads in schools

This study of four schools explores the impact of iPads on pedagogy and the changes that were evident. Using multiple data collection techniques, the study has shown that there have been some changes in teachers’ pedagogy that lead to increased collaboration, communication, student self-reliance and...

Something haunting you?

Young people possess capabilities, knowledge and creativity to live healthy and happy lives. However, in Australia, similar to elsewhere in the world, young people report high levels of psychological distress brought about through such everyday events as: managing uncertain life transitions; peer pressures and influences...

Connect. Challenge. Do.

Whilst most young people are doing well, a concerning number are vulnerable to or directly affected by ill mental health (Lawrence et al., 2015). The experience of mental illness can have long lasting impacts including social disconnection and poorer life outcomes (AIHW, 2015). Alongside strategies...

'Appreciate a mate': helping others to feel good about themselves

Social marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviours that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good (International Social Marketing Association, 2013). Online social marketing campaigns are an increasingly popular strategy for engaging, informing, and influencing young...
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The school website: facilitating communication engagement and learning

School websites are providing education settings with the opportunity to transform and enhance the schooling experience. However, the perceived importance of school websites and the resources invested in developing and maintaining them varies considerably across settings. There is a need to better understand what constitutes...