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This conference paper was originally published as Handley, R, Using technology to motivate student learning, Proceedings of the Emerging Technologies Conference, University of Wollongong, 18-21 June 2008.


The motivation of students to effectively learn and complete their secondary education is a key priority for education systems. This paper explores ways in which technology can be used to enhance this motivation, particularly for those students who experience the greatest risk of failing to finish their education. A design-based research approach, with a case study and action research methodologies will be used to explore the problem. Using authentic learning tasks as a framework, a variety of technology based learning tools will be introduced to the students. Through the observation of the process, interviews and an analysis of student work and attitudes, changes in motivation will be recorded. As a result of this research, information will be gathered on the ways in which motivation is affected by the choice and methods by which technology is used within schools. From this information, further models can be developed that ensure schools have the strategies and the means to reengage those students who, through a lack of motivation, are failing to meet their full learning potential.