Cyscience: emerging technologies for Rural PD

David Romagnolo

Neil Anderson

on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 14:30 - 15:00 in room 214

This project utilized emerging technologies such as mobile broadband videoconferencing along with web-based software and materials ( ) to enhance the provision of science and mathematics professional development for teachers in rural and remote schools in Northern Queensland.

The paper will track the role of technology in the development and implementation of CY Science project (Romagnolo 2009). It will explore how technology enabled a successful classroom project to evolve into a regional program and beyond. It will look at technology as a creative tool for teachers as well as its benefits and shortcomings as a means of teacher professional development.

The project involves the distribution of 180 hands-on science kits and utilizing different methods of accompanying professional development to over 60 schools across northern Australia.

The findings of the SiMERR National Survey into Science, Maths and ICT education in rural and regional Australia (2006) concluded that "science teachers in provincial and remote areas indicated a significantly higher unmet need for a broad range of professional development activities than did those in provincial cities or metropolitan areas (". This study investigates and reports on the existing research literature, the perceived benefits of the project to teachers’ satisfaction with professional development and tracks the changes to classroom practice that teachers and key stakeholders attribute to participation in the project.

This is how you cite this paper:

Romagnolo, D., Anderson, N. (2010). Cyscience: emerging technologies for Rural PD In D. Gronn, & G. Romeo (Eds) ACEC2010: Digital Diversity. Conference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2010, Melbourne 6-9 April. Carlton, Victoria: Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACEC). Retrieved from,

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