30 years of ICT in education: reflecting on educational technology projects

Rachel Shanks* (Corresponding Author)

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Over the last thirty years educational technology has not impacted the delivery of education that might have been predicted for it. Part of the lack of impact may relate to the introduction of new technologies through one-off educational technology projects which lack permanence and effective evaluation. In this paper I present a reflective and reflexive account in relation to seven educational technology projects carried out, over the last ten years, in Scotland. While reflecting on one project I developed a framework to understand why some of these educational technology projects were successful and why others were not. The framework includes four factors: Purpose; planning; passion; and pedagogy. I have attempted to learn from my involvement in past projects in order to influence and shape future experiences. It is hoped that this work can help to link practice back to research as well as indicating a way for lessons to be learnt in future educational technology projects.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere4047
Number of pages17
JournalSeminar.net. International Journal of Media, technology and lifelong learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020


  • Educational technology
  • educational technology project
  • reflective practice
  • reflective evaluation


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