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Education Department Staff

PhotoDr Deirdre Butler

Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning

 

Qualifications B.Ed(NUI), MEd(NUI), PhD(DCU)
Office D302
Telephone +353 1 8842068
Email Deirdre.Butler@spd.dcu.ie

 

 

Biographical Note

Biographical Note (196kb)

teaching

  • ED151 Digital Learning
  • ED222 Digital Learning
  • ED336 Digital Learning
  • GD702 Digital Learning A
  • GD704 Digital Learning B
  • In-Service: Certificate/ Diploma in Education (Digital Learning)
  • MEd Digital Learning

Research interests

To understand what being digital in learning can mean and how learning, particularly that of teachers, can be supported and innovative practice sustained

To explore what forms learning could take in a digitally connected environment using a range of digital tools particularly Constructionist computer technologies

To document innovative and creative teaching and learning approaches - both from a teacher development viewpoint and from the perspective of classroom practice.

To explore and document ways that using digital technologies can revolutionise learning by challenging us to examine how we learn and to question our assumptions about "traditional" models of schooling (addressing such issues as “Is the type and use of digital technologies being decided upon and driven purely by the economic interests of dominant groups in society? Will these tools be used to maintain the status quo in our educational system? Or can we harness them and use them creatively to empower people to create very different learning environment for themselves and others?

To explore and document how Constructionist principles can inform teacher learning and the development of a scalable / sustainable model of professional development for teachers.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Butler, D., Marshall, K., & Leahy, M. (Eds.) (in press). Technology and Learning: Pathways to the 21st Century

Book Chapters

Butler, D. (in press). Self-determined teacher learning: A model of teacher professional development for the in the 21st century classroom. In D. Butler, K. Marshall & M. Leahy (Eds.), Technology and Learning: Pathways to the 21st Century.

Butler, D. (2011). Learning in 21st century classrooms: A constructionist view. In ICTs in the Primary School: Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century.

Butler, D., & Kelly, J. (2007). The Digital Era: Empowerment or digital divide. In Downes, P. & Gilligan, A. L. (Eds.), Beyond Educational Disadvantage. Dublin: IPA.

Butler, D., Strohecker, C., & Martin, F. (2006). Sustaining local identity, control and ownership while integrating technology into school learning. In Informatics education: The bridge between using and understanding computers (Volume 4226/2006 in the series, Lecture Notes in Computer Science).
doi: 10.1007/11915355_24

Butler, D. (2002). Empowering minds and taking control. In C. Galvin (Ed.), Sharing Innovative Practice: The NCTE's Schools Integration Project 1998-2000 (pp. 30-38). Retrievable from http://www.ictaspoliticalaction.com/pages/setanta/sip.htm

Journals

  • Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2010). Redefining Book Reviews for the Digital Era. Contemporary Issues in Technology Education, 10(1).
  • Butler, D. (2007). A constructionist view of what it means to be digitally literate. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 2(61-77).

Conference Proceedings

Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2011). Sharing Classroom Practices: A Scalable, Sustainable Model of Teacher Professional Development for Learning in the 21st Century. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 1788-1794). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Shear, L., Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2011). Examining the Artifacts of Classroom Practice: 21st Century Learning Rubrics for Teacher Professional Development. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 1957-1958). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Leahy, M., & Butler, D. (2011). 21st Century Learning Rubrics: A Catalyst Towards School-Level Innovation. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 2566-2571). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2010). ‘Moving Towards Innovation: The development of a sustainable framework for teacher professional development’. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 3985-92). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. http://www.editlib.org/p/34003.

Butler, D. & O'Callaghan, E. (2010). ‘21st Century TLC for Children: Textiles, Learning and Computational Materials’. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 2666-71). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. http://www.editlib.org/p/33773.

Reichel, M., Butler, D., Osterloh, A., Katterfeldt, E., Schelhowe, H. (2008, July). EduWear: Designing smart textiles for playful learning. In Proceedings of the International Conference for Information and Communications Technologies in Education (ICICTE) 9Corfu Island, Greece.

Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2007). Using DV to create online digital video book reviews. In Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2007) (San Antonio, Texas, 26th - 30th March).

Butler, D., & Strohecker, C. (2005). Developing self-esteem and empowerment through expressive computational materials. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2005, Phoenix, AZ, March 2005, pp. 736-741), Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrievable from http://www.editlib.org/p/19096

Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2005). The TeachNet Ireland Project as a model of professional development for teachers. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2005, Phoenix, AZ, March 2005, pp. 2377-2383), Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrievable from http://www.editlib.org/p/19439

Butler, D. (2004). Reconceptualising teacher learning in a digital contex. In R. Ferdig et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE2004, Atlanta, GA, March 2004), Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrievable from http://www.editlib.org/p/14732

Butler, D. (2002). Empowering minds and taking control. In C. Galvin (Ed.), Sharing Innovative Practice: The NCTE's Schools Integration Project 1998-2000 (pp. 30-38). Retrievable from http://www.ictaspoliticalaction.com/pages/setanta/sip.htm.

Butler, D. (2002). Empowering minds: The challenge of learning and digital technologies. In D. Twomey et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Computer Education Society of Ireland Conference, Challenges for Learning in the Digital Age (Dublin, January 2002). Dublin: NCTE/St. Patrick's College.

Rasmussen, J., Butler, D., & Davenport, G. (2002). A web-based environment for assembling multimedia learning stories in Irish primary education. In V. Petrushin, P. Kommers, Kinshuk, & I. Galeev (Eds.), Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT2002, Kazan, Russia: Sep 9-12, 2002). Retrievalbe from http://lttf.ieee.org/icalt2002/proceedings/

Martin, F., Butler, D., & Gleason, W. (2000). Design, story-telling, and robots in Irish primary education. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (8-11th Oct 2000, Nashville, TN, Vol 1., pp. 730-735). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ICSMC.1991.169628

Butler, D., Martin, F., & Gleason, W. (2000). Empowering minds by taking control: Developing teachers' technological fluency with LEGO Mind-storms. In D.A. Willis, J.D. Price, & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2000 (SITE2000) (11th, San Diego, CA, Feb 8-12, 2000, Vol. 1, pp. 598-603). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrievable from http://www.editlib.org/p/15624

Published Reports

Butler, D. (2005). Uncovering Learners’ Hidden Potential. In Discovering the Hidden Connections for Learning Report, pages 10-14. Presentation Centre for Policy and Systemic Change

Butler, D. & Martin F. (2001). Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age (Report submitted to the National Centre for Technology in Education for project SIP 005 - Empowering Minds Project (March 1999-June 2001)).

Newsletter/Magazine

Butler, D. (2005). Constructing new ways of learning. In Centrepoint (Newsletter of the Presentation Centre for Policy and Systemic Change.), 3(Spring).

Dissertation

Butler, D. (2004). Self-determined Teacher Learning in a Digital Context: Fundamental Change in Thinking and Practice. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Dublin City University

Selected Presentations

Butler, D., Cosgrove, J., Leahy, M. & Shiel, G. (2013). A Consultative Paper. Building Towards a Learning Society: A National Digital Strategy for Schools. Dublin: Department of Education and Skills.

Butler, D. (2012, March). LEAP21: A Catalyst Towards 21st Century Teaching and Learning. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), Austin, Texas.

Butler, D. & Hurley, J. (2012, June). A Competency Based Approach to ICT Integration in Teaching and Learning. EdTech 2012 Conference, Irish Learning Technology Association, NUI Maynooth. 

Butler, D., (2010, October). ‘MENA Ecosystem; Education, MENA’ (Middle East North Africa), ICT Forum 10 10 10, Yesterday’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities, Jordan.
http://www.menaictforum.com/content/mena-ecosystem 

Butler, D. (2010, September). ‘Deep Learning, Rich Understandings: Teacher Learner, Learner Teacher’. Lead paper presented at the Hosting and Harvesting Conference, Australian Council for Educational Leadership, Sydney. http://www.cceam.org/index.php?id=100

Butler, D. (2010, June). ‘Emerging New Models of Teacher Learning, Equity, Access, Opportunity for All – Learning for the 21st Century’. Big Ideas Global Summit 2010, Maine. 
http://thebigsummit.wordpress.com/2010-summit/2010-speakers-maine/ 

DC Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2010, May). ‘Job-embedded professional development: Moving traditional education toward innovation in Ireland’. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado.

Butler, D. & Hallissy, M. (2010, March). Thinking Tool to enable school change, Consortium for School Networking. Annual Conference & International Symposium , Washington.

Hurley, J. & Butler, D. (2010, February). New Developments in Teacher CPD: Online courses for teachers, UNESCO ICT Competency Framework & EPICT. Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Portlaoise.

Butler, D. & Hurley, J. (2010, January). Re-imagining CPD for Education. Learning & Technology World Forum (LATWF), London

Butler, D. (2009, March). Digital technologies supporting K-12 learning and teachers' professional development. Presentation on physical site and online through the webcast.

Butler, D. (2008, November). Constructionism in action: 21st century learning. Keynote presentation to the World Innovative Teachers Forum, Hong Kong.

Butler, D. (2008, June). Constructionism in action: 21st century learning. Keynote presentation to Innovative Teachers Special Forum, Microsoft HQ, Redmond, WA.

Butler, D. (2008, April). School V's real world. Keynote presentation at European Innovative Teachers Forum, Zagreb.

Butler, D. (2007, June). Learning for the 21st Century. Keynote address at The Internet Experience for Schools (Seminar for Teachers), Tipperary Institute.

Butler, D. (2006, November). Small is powerful. Keynote presentation at School of the Future Summitt, Philadelphia, PA.

Butler, D., & Gash, H. (2003, July). Creative learning and spiritual moments. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Celtic Civilization in conjunction with the International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden Baden Germany..

Shepherd, R., Butler, D., Mikak, B., & Diamond, D. (2002, February). Autonomous sensing robots: Powerful tools for project-based science education. Poster presented at the International Workshop on Advanced Materials for Sensors & Actuators Role of Nanotechnology, University of Wollongong, Australia.

 


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