Communicating with ICT

Includes resources that help teachers and students:

  • collaborate, share and exchange
  • understand computer-mediated communications

Collaborate, share and exchange –


Name: Bulb

Website URL:

Description: A web-based platform that enables teachers and students to share resources within a class setting. Students can collaborate in writing projects, share useful information or interact on the social newsfeed by exchanging experiences.

Platform: All

Cost/Licensing: Free version (Basic); $9 per user per year (Standard); school pricing TBC (Education)

Age/Stage: Stages 1-6.

Explanation: Digital portfolios like Bulb meet Capability 3 “Communicating with ICT” as students can collaborate, share and exchange in various ways (e.g. by adding documents, videos, web links, pictures, audio and more).

Critical Analysis:  Digital portfolios/websites are just one version of online collaboration tools available today. Digital portfolios have been shown to effectively increase the quality of collaboration between students and teachers. Yet a study by Brodahl, Hadjerrouit, and Hansen (2011) on similar online writing tools, found that only 14% of participants were motivated to use the tool for collaboration and that this was usually based on digital competence and not related to age. This is yet another example of the instructor needing the quality training and experience to ensure that this tool will be used effectively within the classroom.

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Understand computer mediated communications – 



Name: Skype in the classroom

Website URL:

Description: Voice over internet protocol (VoIP). With Skype in the classroom, students can become global travellers, by participating in virtual field trips, collaborating with schools across the globe and watching mystery presenters.

Platform: All – available online and app version.

Cost/Licensing: Free

Age/Stage: Any – with supervision

Explanation: The Skype resource meets Capability 3 “Communicating with ICT” as students learn to understand computer mediated communications through Skype interactions.

Critical Analysis: Alan November hails the use of Skype as having “authentic conversations with people around the world”, he says that students learn more through contributing. Skype enables the globalisation of the classroom. Students have the chance to discuss, analyse, compete through video chat sessions with other schools all over the world. When using collaborative technologies it is important to ensure that a strong classroom management plan is in place. Hudson & Norman (2001) suggest having additional routines to cope with the complexities of ICT-mediated lessons.

References – 

Brodahl, C., Hadjerrouit, S., & Hansen, N. K. (2011). Collaborative writing with web 2.0 technologies: education students’ perceptions. Journal of Information Technology Education, 10, 73-103. Retrieved from

Bulb. (2017, January). Bulb Demo. Retrieved from

Hmelo-Silver, C. E., O’Donnell, A. M., & Erkens, G. (2013). Collaborative learning, reasoning, and technology. : Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from

November Learning (2009, March 30). Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the classroom, by Alan November. Retrieved from

Skype. (2017). skype logo [image]. Skype home. Retrieved from

Skype. (2014, August 14). Skype in the classroom creates global citizens. Retrieved from