This article titled Next-Generation Educational Software: Why We Need It and a Research Agenda for Getting It
from the EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (March/April 2005): 26??43.
The article explores the rationale for using ICTs in education, starting off with examining some of the technology trends then moving into an exploration of the role of ICT in education. Much of the thinking that informs the article is drawn from the work of the Learning Federation in Australia, that NZ is a partner in also.
The latter part of the article contains a number of examples of educational software to illustrate the points being made.
An interesting read that I wished I had available yesterday when talking to the students here in Oregon.