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Personal profile

Biography

Amber McLeod is a lecturer and early career researcher in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.  Before joining Monash, Amber was a microbiologist and then taught English as an additional language in Japan, Brunei and Australia.  She is the Director of Pathways Programs and teaches a range of units including digital technologies. Amber’s research focus is on increasing digital competence in the community, including investigating attitudes towards ICT, cultural understandings of ICT and ways to increase pre-service teacher digital competence.  Amber is also passionate about developing transferrable skills in young people to increase access and equity, in particular, how digital competence can be taught in pathway courses, and its role in successful student transition to university and retention. 

Research interests

Access and equity in education

Cultural and gendered understandings of ICT

Digital literacy in pre-service teachers

Community service

Tech Savvy Teachers is an initiative which aims to increase ICT literacy in pre-service teachers at Monash. It is delivered as a series of opt-in workshops on using ICT in the classroom that run throughout the year. Workshops include digital presentations, using iPads, electronic whiteboards, simple programming and robotics, augmented reality, creating real time surveys, excel, making YouTube videos and information on borrowing resources from the TLS.

Research area keywords

  • Digital learning
  • Gender and diversity
  • Computers and society
  • Community attitudes
  • F-12 education
  • Information Technology
  • Transition
  • Stereotypes
  • Teacher Education
  • Adult education and training
  • Educational Technology

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2013 2019

Teacher education, thinking about ICT

Carabott, K. & McLeod, A., 2019, Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies. Tatnall, A. (ed.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Who's teaching the teachers? viewing the ICT content of a teaching degree through the eyes of pre-service teachers

McLeod, A. & Carabott, K., 2019, Empowering Learners for Life in the Digital Age: IFIP TC 3 Open Conference on Computers in Education, OCCE 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Passey, D., Bottino, R., Lewin, C. & Sanchez, E. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 91-100 10 p. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; vol. 524).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Why bother with digital technology?

Carabott, K. & McLeod, A., 2019, Primary Teaching: Learning & teaching in primary schools today. Carden, C. (ed.). 1st ed. London UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 459-471 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Digital technology and learning

McLeod, A., 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 166-176 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Activities 2015 2019

  • 9 Contribution to conference

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference 2019

Barbara Yazbeck (Speaker), Lynette Torres (Speaker), Amber McLeod (Speaker)
2 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

IFIP Open Conference on Computers in Education, TC 3

Amber McLeod (Organiser), Kelly Jane Carabott (Organiser)
25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2018

Amber McLeod (Speaker), Kristin Reimer (Speaker), Lilly Yazdanpanah (Speaker)
2 Dec 20186 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2017

Amber McLeod (Speaker), Ibrahim Latheef (Speaker)
26 Nov 201730 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017

Amber Beth McLeod (Speaker), Kelly Carabott (Speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference