Scholarship to use tablets to unlock Indigenous learning

Renee Fagan ... research from Dubbo to the US.

Lightning Ridge CS teacher Renee Fagan’s keenness to turn tablets and iPads into keys that will unlock adventures in education for Indigenous students has earned her a valuable learning experience of her own in a travelling scholarship.

Ms Fagan, 26, has been awarded the $15,000 Premier’s Teachers Mutual Bank New and Emerging Technologies Scholarship and will use it to travel in Australia and to the United States and Canada to carry out research on how technology can enhance the quality of education for Indigenous students and improve their achievements.

“IPads and tablets are great resources but I don’t believe they are being used to their full potential. Currently there is no research-based strategy to guide how teachers use these devices and I want to change that,” said Ms Fagan.

She will begin her research tour in Dubbo early next year before starting the international leg of her tour in April.

“Ultimately, I want to be able to develop applications and games specifically targeted to Aboriginal students that will engage them in learning at a young age,” she said.

“Teachers Mutual Bank is incredibly proud to sponsor passionate teachers like Renee, who are using technology and innovation to achieve better outcomes for their students,” said Teachers Mutual Bank CEO Steve James.