Mal Lee is one of the world’s leaders in researching and documenting the evolution of schooling and teaching from its traditional paper-based mode to one that is digital, and in turn networked, the impact of technology upon that evolution and how schools and education authorities might best harness the appropriate technology to educate all their young for an ever more digital and networked world.
Mal’s is a macro and strongly historically based focus examining all the elements over the last century associated with the development, leadership and operation of schools that have today normalised or near normalised the whole school community use of the digital technology.
Most importantly his is a positive approach that envisions how educators and school communities might best use the ever-evolving, ever more pervasive technology in the home, on the move and in the classroom to provide an ever better schooling for the full range of students.
Mal is a former director of schools, secondary college principal, technology company director and a member of the Mayer Committee that identified the Key Competencies for Australia’s schools. A Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Administration (FACEA) Mal has been closely associated with the use of digital technology in schooling, particularly by the school leadership for the last two decades.
A historian by training Mal has written extensively in educational journals since the early 90’s and now has a regular column in Educational Technology Solutions and Teacher.
Mal has released six publications with ACER Press. In 2008 Mal and Professor Michael Gaffney edited and had published Leading a Digital School. In 2009 he co-authored with Dr Arthur Winzenried The Use of Instructional Technology in Schools – Lessons to be Learned, and with Chris Betcher, The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution – Teaching with IWBs.
In 2010 Mal joined with Associate Professor Glenn Finger (Griffith University) in the editing for ACER Press of Developing Networked School Communities: a guide to realizing the vision.
In 2012 Mal joined with Martin Levins in writing Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT Guide for schools and families, and in 2013 with Lorrae Ward in authoring Collaboration in learning: transcending the classroom walls.
Copies of the books can be obtained from the ACER Press website at – http://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/product/A4032BK
In 2014 Mal joined with Roger Broadie in publishing A Taxonomy of School Evolutionary Stages: Evolution within the Threads and this year the updating and revising of A Taxonomy of School Evolutionary Stages. Both works are available for download at– http://www.digitalevolutionofschooling.net