Boys and Technology: An IBSC Action Research Showcase

IBSC Research in Boys’ Schools Series

IBSC Action ResearchApril 17 – 23, 2023

An Online Program Featuring IBSC Action Researchers


Join six IBSC action researchers from the 2020-22 cohort as they discuss how incorporating technology into existing curricula has influenced their teaching practice. 

Over the millennia, educational technology has evolved from wax tablets to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, and virtual reality. While technology has many benefits, we need to think critically before embracing it. It promotes flexible, active, and differentiated learning, empowering students to take control of their learning and engage deeply with interactive media. However, the use of technology in schools is complex and we must be aware of the challenges it poses. Teachers need to develop digital fluency, remain mindful of how technology impacts boys' learning, and consider whether face-to-face time is under- or overvalued. Moderating students' technology intake is also essential, given its link to problems like anxiety, depression, and internet addiction.

The 2020-22 IBSC Action Research cohort investigated the theme, Boys and Technology: New Horizons, New Challenges, New Learning. Join six IBSC action researchers from this cohort as they discuss how incorporating technology into existing curricula has influenced their teaching practice. These researchers offer a diverse set of ideas on how to use technology to improve boys' learning experiences in a range of subjects and contexts. Learn about:

  • building second language proficiency in second-grade boys using drones and digital visual representations;
  • enhancing intercultural virtual exchanges through the use of digital portraits;
  • using SMART goals and online collaboration to enhance the success of competitive robotics teams in boys' schools;
  • using video feedback to bolster boys' engagement in eighth-grade art history;
  • activating metacognition to enhance 12th-grade boys' engagement in digital reading assignments; and
  • using virtual reality to enhance curiosity and develop critical research questions in year six boys.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers in boys' schools who want to learn more about the impact of technology on boys' learning and the impact of action research on classroom practice


Each topic in the series includes a 40-minute, pre-recorded presentation, followed by an asynchronous conversation with fellow participants and presenters on a discussion board. You have access to this content and conversation for four consecutive days. Comment on the presentation, interact with the presenters, share your own resources that may benefit others, and learn from the information global colleagues contribute. 


IBSC member rate: US $50

Pay by credit card only. This program is limited to the first 200 registrants.

Please note: Watch your email for login information for the IBSC Research in Boys’ Schools Speaker Series on April 16, 2023.


Flor Berman, Saint David's School (United States) 
Kori Brown, The Haverford School (United States)
Simon Canfield, Brisbane Grammar School (Australia) 
Catherine Milligan, Saint David's School (United States) 
Diane Mulligan, Saint John's High School (United States) 
Russell Thompson, Prince Alfred College (Australia)

IBSC Action Research Coordinator Laura Sabo from St. Christophers' School (United States) introduces the session, highlighting the impact of action research on the teaching practice of IBSC action researchers.