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ICT Research and Statistics

There is a large body of research available to inform us about the implementation of ICT in our schools.

Visit the Department of Education, Training and Employment's Library Services website for regular updates, texts, journals and papers. In particular, see ICT for teaching and learning and 1-to-1 student laptop programs  - found under the Topic Lists tab.

Technologies in the Classroom alerts users to the latest issues and trends in technologies for teaching and learning.

To ensure relevancy most of the research documentation listed is less than 6 years old.


This publication provides school teachers and administrators with advice on the latest ICT trends for education. It supports schools to embrace ICT as an everyday part of education so students can achieve the best possible outcomes.

Information and Communication Technologies for learning series

The Department published the Practical Ideas for Teachers series in 2005 as part of the ICTs for learning Strategy. These resources may assist teachers with subject specific ICT applications. These materials provide approaches to ICT curriculum integration with practical, step-by-step examples of technology use across a range of areas and year levels.

2009 Queensland household survey: Computer and Internet usage
Features a host of information about the use of computers and the Internet by Queensland households.


2009 eLearning Benchmarking Survey
The fifth annual national survey highlighting the uptake and use of eLearning by vocational education and training (VET) providers, teachers, trainers, students and employers.

Digital Education Revolution - Effective use and management of ICT
Integrates technologies, engaging students in ways not previously possible, creating new learning and teaching possibilities, enhancing achievement and extending interactions with local and global communities.

PISA 2003 Australia: ICT use and familiarity at school and home
Examines the extent of ICT access in schools, homes and other places and looks at how familiar students are with the latest technologies.

Listening to Students' and Educators' Voices: Research findings
Analyses the views and expectations of learning with ICT by Australian education and training institution students.

Partnerships in ICT learning study: Full report
Reports on good-practice approaches to embedding ICT in the educational experience of pre-service teachers, teachers and teacher educators.

Partnership in ICT learning study: Case studies
Investigates how various technologies such as wikis, blogs and team-learning systems can be used to foster collaboration and assist teachers to understand what motivates them to expand their ICT use.

Social Media: Tools for user-generated content - Social drivers behind growing consumer participation in user-led content generation
Examines the importance of the social and technological aspects of developing and managing social media websites.


Blending learning: The convergence of online and face-to-face education
Explores approaches being taken by practitioners and policymakers in response to key issues in online learning.

State of the nation: K-12 online learning in Canada
Examines K-12 distance education policies and activities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada.

New Zealand

Global picture, local lessons: eLearning policy and accessibility
Considers the eLearning policy experiences of a number of countries, particularly focussing on accessibility to eLearning in small and remote communities.

The Technology Outlook for New Zealand Tertiary Education 2011-2016
Explores the impact of emerging technologies on teaching, learning, research and information management in New Zealand tertiary education over the next five years. 

United Kingdom

Information behaviour of the researcher of the future
Identifies how the Google Generation is likely to access and interact with digital resources in the near future.

Technology outlook – UK Tertiary Education 2011-2016.
Explores the impact of emerging technologies on teaching, learning, research and information management in UK tertiary education over the next five years.

The IEA International Study of Computer and Information Literacy (ICILS). Australian Council for Educational Research.
The project aims to collect data at the beginning of 2013 (Northern Hemisphere) and the end of 2013 (Southern Hemisphere). Research Questions -What variations exist between countries, and within countries, in student computer and information literacy? What aspects of schools and education systems are related to student achievement in computer and information literacy?

NAPTA Workforce Development Program.
As a recognition is growing of the role support staff can play in learning improvement, a manageable and comprehensive system of performance management has been offered that assesses, develops and monitors support staff, in particularly in the area of ICT usage.

The protection of children online: a brief scoping review to identify vulnerable groups
This scoping review explores levels of intended and unintended exposure to specific risks; the impact of harm suffered by children; and the characteristics of children who may be at highest risk.

United States of America

The magazine of the George Lucas Educational Foundation spreads the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enables others to adapt these successes locally. The publication also contains an archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for district-wide change.

Writing, technology and teens
A national survey looking at how teens experience writing and technology, with focus groups providing insight into what it means to write well.

Living and learning with new media: Summary of findings from the digital youth project
Explores how children use digital media as part of their everyday lives.

Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008 - First look
Provides national data on the availability and use of educational technology in public schools including networks and Internet capacity, technology policies and professional development.

Other jurisdictions

Advancing Collaborative learning with ICT – conception, cases and design
Articulates the rationale of employing collaborative learning, explicates the affordances of ICT in support of collaborative learning, illustrates collaborative learning with ICT using local school examples, suggests design principles to facilitate collaborative learning among students and provides guidelines to analyse student learning with respect to collaboration.

Self-Directed Learning with ICT: theory, practice and assessment
Analyses SDL within the context of formal schooling in Singapore and explores the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) when promoting SDL in different learning scenarios.

ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (Version 2.0) 11 November 2011.
Aims at helping countries to develop comprehensive national teachers ICT competency policies and standards, emphasizes that teachers need to be able to help students to become collaborative, problem solving creative learners through using ICT.

Good practices for learning 2.0: Promoting innovation
Investigates the impact of social computing by European Education and Training institutions on innovations in educational practice.

Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition
Examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education

The Horizon Report: 2010 Edition
The challenges that face learning organizations are ranked as most significant in terms of their impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in the coming five years.

Horizon Report: 2009 K-12 edition - The new media consortium 
Explores the potential impact of ICT use in teaching, learning and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education.

Horizon Report: 2009 Australia - New Zealand edition
Focuses on the emerging technologies and the effect they are having on education in Australia and New Zealand.

Challenge Based Learning - The Report from the Implementation Project.
Documents the outcomes of Challenge Based Learning in the 19 institutions engaged in the Implementation Project. CBL is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems, they can engage, create, and collaborate in the classroom and beyond.

The ICT impact report: A review of studies on ICT impact on schools in Europe
Examines the results and impact of ICT investment and integration in schools across two major areas; Learning outcomes and learners and, teaching methodologies and teachers.

ICT in Schools: Trends, innovations and issues in 2006-2007
Provides an overview of the ICT situation in European schools in the years 2006 and 2007. It also investigates and compares eMaturity in different countries.

Web 2.0: Where does Europe stand?
Provides a techno-economic analysis of Web 2.0 and an assessment of Europe's position using the applications.

World Internet Project: International report 2011
A compilation of data detailing the behaviour and views of Internet users and non-users, compiled by a worldwide partnership of research institutions.

Young people and social networking services: A childnet international research report (PDF)
Looks at the positive, creative and inspiring ways for what children and young people use the Internet. It also considers the potential risks of the great invention.

Third Masterplan for ICT in Education 2009-2014.Singapore. Represents a continuum of the vision of the first and second Masterplans, which is to enrich and transform the learning environments of the students and equip them with the critical competencies and dispositions to succeed in a knowledge economy.

Second Information Technology in Education Study (SITES) 2006
Compares the pedagogical practices adopted in different countries and examines the impact ICT use can have on teaching and learning processes.

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Last reviewed
06 March 2012
Last updated
06 March 2012
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