Module 5 (Part A): Technology in HSIE & English

Post your ideas about the hardware and software choices you would make in relation to your discipline area.

My discipline areas are Society & Environment and English which require students to develop key historical understandings based on continuity and change, critically evaluate evidence by locating primary and secondary resources and analyse historical contexts to form historical argument (ACARA, 7-10 History, 2016). My students also require key language, literature and literacy skills that enable them to interpret, create and discuss a variety of multimodal texts (ACARA, English, 2016). The good news is that technology can effectively enhance development of these outcomes and enable development of 21st-century skills whilst being motivating, engaging and authentic. We can teach our students to be critical consumers of information and develop digital literacies whilst providing opportunities to collaborate, communicate and connect by shifting pedagogy toward constructivist learning environments that are cohesive with curriculum standards (Roblyer & Doering, 2014, p. 304).

Hardware Choices:

Smart Devices – Mobile technologies have blurred the boundary of formal/informal learning environments and present an opportunity to establish life-long learning skills by utilising a tool that is engaging and authentic to student lives beyond the classroom. It is my hope that students will be able to BYOD to the classroom to access information, connect and create content on the devices they are familiar with to make the learning more meaningful. Students are also able to utilise the photographic capabilities of such devices to explore community-based historical issues and construct texts all from one device with minimal cost to the school (Roblyer & Doering, 2014, p. 376).

Interactive Whiteboards – this tool presents an opportunity to make learning interactive with students engaging directly with the technology and exploring the affordances it offers. Virtual site studies can be conducted from an interactive whiteboard, enabling students to collectively visit areas unavailable locally, giving students a deeper perspective on the world around them. I think this is one area in which technology enables certain experiences that are unavailable in a traditional context. Interestingly, Wood and Ashfield argue that the use of IWBs in the classroom improves the pace of learning which is crucial to covering the broad and extensive nature of the history curriculum (Wood & Ashfield, 2007).

Software Choices:

VoiceThread – Enables students to collaborate around various forms of content; PDFs, images, videos, and text (Roblyer & Doering, 2014, p. 376). It is hands-on, interactive software that is accessible from any device, laptop, computer. Students can add real-time audio and visual comments, connecting and expanding their communities for learning. This software is applicable for any discipline but can be used specifically to address key English outcomes that require students to interpret, create and engage with multimodal texts.



Timeglider–  This is web-based software that enables students to create free timelines for mapping the context of specific history content and planning projects. Students are then able to share these and collaborate with others. The affordances of such software enable students to develop 21st-century digital literacies by offering links and tutorials that teach students how to produce and share content. The use of this software aligns with key history outcomes where students examine continuity and change in a multimodal format (ACARA, 2016a).




ACARA. (2016a). 7 – 10 History. Retrieved from Australian Curriculum:

ACARA. (2016b). English. Retrieved from Australian Curriculum:

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2014). Intergrating Educational Technology into Teaching (6th ed.). Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited.

Wood, R., & Ashfield, J. (2007). The use of the interactive whiteboard for creative teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39(1), 84-96.


4 thoughts on “Module 5 (Part A): Technology in HSIE & English

  1. Hi Angela,

    You have provided a wide range of technology that can be used in the classroom. I am particular interest in the Timeglider software as I have never seen it before. I believe this will be a very beneficial learning tool in the classroom as students will be able to see a visual representation of timeline of the events. I think it would be a great for students to create this timeline instead of the typical handed out timeline. I used to get very confused in history with when all the events occurred! Have you ever used this in the classroom? Is you have how did the students receive it? I would be interested to know.



    • Hi Matthew,
      Thanks for the comment. I am a pre-service teacher so yet to step foot in a classroom hence my naive and optimistic attitude towards technology integration. However, I used Timeglider as a resource for part B of the assessment, for students to show patterns of continuity and change in line with the history curriculum. I think a visual representation is important, especially one that students interact with to determine their place in the world in relation to past events. A feature of timeglider that I liked was that students can give events a significance rating so that they can focus on the information they need without subtracting relevant, but less important information. The software can also be used from any device so I would hope that this might engage and motivate students who otherwise might have regarded historical studies as a bit dry and content heavy.
      I look forward to using it.

      Thanks again!


  2. Hi Angela

    Thanks for an insightful post. As i will be teaching HSIE as well i find this really relevant. The one that drew my interest is the voice thread. In geography we usually have different mediums of information including pdfs, videos, texts so using this to incorporate all text types would be great. It would also be great to incorporate these in order to develop literacy strategies.

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  3. Hi Angela, I really enjoyed your blog post.

    You have provided a wide range of technology that can be used in the classroom.

    I am really interested Timeglider software as I have never seen it before. Have you used this software in the classroom? I am also studying History and I think it would be an excellent resource.


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