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ERIC Number: EJ874300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Learning Technologies Prototype Classroom Project
Miller, Jo; Janovsky, Kathy
Australian Educational Computing, v18 n1 p21-24 Jun 2003
During the 2001 summer holidays, the main Social Science classroom at St Ursula's College, a Catholic Secondary Girls' school of 740 pupils in Toowomba, Queensland was renovated. A mini-computer laboratory of four nests of computers was incorporated into the traditional teaching space. (See Diagram 1 and photograph). This room was named the Learning Technologies Prototype Classroom (LTPC). An action research project was launched to enable teachers to change their pedagogical practices to integrate information technology (IT) into learning. Combined with this refurbishment, a Multimedia laboratory containing 54 computers was established in order to cater for the demand for IT. The introduction of these spaces meant that student research and use of IT was extended beyond the two computer laboratories (each with 30 computers) and the Resource Centre offering limited IT access and three teaching spaces. This refurbishment meant that the student computer ratio increased to 5.7%. The College is networked with fibre-optic cabling and Internet access is available on all computers. This article explores: 1) The impact of information technology on the use of space within the College. 2) The change to student research patterns because of increased access to IT through the LTPC and the Multimedia laboratory. Research was conducted throughout the 2001 school year. Quantitative data was collected from staff and students involved in Social Sciences courses. (Contains 8 graphs and 1 diagram.)
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia