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Welcome! “ Teachers in every strata of education are increasingly dealing with a student population that is not only more wired than they are but also grew up in a techno-drenched atmosphere that has trained them to absorb and process information in fundamentally different ways. This generation of students is more likely to be armed with cell phones, laptops, and iPods than with spiral notebooks and #2 pencils. ” -Josh McHugh Edutopia, October 2005
“ Intensive sessions where teachers are able to explore new ideas and materials; follow-up support over an extended period of time with mentors … ongoing, reflective conversations with colleagues doing the same job and trying to make similar changes; and observation of other teachers in their classrooms, both for exemplary practice and observing the process of change. ”
Sivin-Kachala and Bialo (2000) reviewed 311 research studies on the effectiveness of technology on student achievement. Their findings revealed positive and consistent patterns when students were engaged in technology-rich environments, including:
significant gains and achievement in all subject areas
increased achievement in PreK- 12 for both regular and special needs students
improved attitudes toward learning and increased self-esteem
Research and Trends “ Combining technology instruction with the study of other disciplines, such as mathematics, science or social studies, helps reinforce the learning within each discipline.” -Ohio K-12 Technology Academic Content Standards
Research and Trends If technology is to be used to produce improvements in student achievement, teachers must see a direct link between the technology and the curriculum for which they are responsible (Byrom, 1998). Teachers today are constantly being told that technology is always the preferred method of delivery, rather than when it is appropriate (Schrum, 1999).
Research and Trends Roschelle, Pea, Hoadley, Gordin, & Means (2000) identify four fundamental characteristics of how technology can enhance both what and how children learn in the classroom: (1) active engagement, (2) participation in groups, (3) frequent interaction and feedback, and (4) connections to real-world contexts.
Integration … the Technology Standards “ One of the enduring difficulties about technology and education is that a lot of people think about technology first and education later.” -Dr. Martha Stone Wiske, co-director of the Educational Technology Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education
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