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Smart Desktops for Teachers MS Word - How can emerging technologies help educators deliver standards-based education to K-12 students? ECS invited a select group of more than 30 policymakers, educators and vendors to a meeting in July 2000. The purpose of the meeting was to convene shapers, influencers and end users of smart desktop systems to identify issues and share perspectives. ECS asked members of its staff to conduct independent research on the subject. The independent research was then joined with the information gathered from the survey and meeting to produce this comprehensive report. (Robert M. Palaich, Dixie Griffin Good, Connie Stout and Emily Vickery, Education Commission of the States, October 2000)...

Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008--First Look - This First Look report presents data from a fall 2008 district Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey on the availability and use of educational technology. This includes information on networks and Internet capacity, technology policies, district-provided resources, teacher professional development, and district-level leadership for technology. (National Center for Education Statistics, December 2009)...

Technology Solutions for Developmental Math: An Overview of Current and Emerging Practices - This report looks at the challenges of remediation math skills in community colleges and the potential of technology to address these challenges. (Colorado Community College System, January 2009)...

Duke University iPod First-Year Experience Final Evaluation Report - In August 2004, Duke University distributed Apple iPod devices to 1,600 entering first-year students for use as part of an initiative to encourage creative uses of technology in education and on campus. This report discusses the results of the first year's initiative. In addition to music and foreign language classes, use was reported in some social science, humanities and engineering courses. The report discusses academic uses of the iPod, as well as benefits and problems encountered. Summaries of a selection of courses that used the iPod – including links to in-depth course profiles – are listed starting on page 13. (Duke University, June 2005)...

The Future of Learning Technologies: An Interview with Chris Dede - In an interview with editor James Morrison, Chris Dede, Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses the potential of current technological trends to transform teaching and learning. Dede argues that our definition of “learning technology tools” will continue to expand in response to new developments such as handheld gaming devices, multiplayer online games, wireless mobile technologies such as pocket PCs and electronic “smart objects” embedded in everyday environments. (James Morrison and Chris Dede, Nova Southeastern University. This article was orginally published in Innovate as: Morrison, J., and C. Dede. 2004. The future of learning technologies: An interview with Chris Dede. Innovate 1 (1). The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher.)...

Video Game Studies and the Emerging Instructional Revolution - This article explores a new development in learning and technology – the emergence of “Video Game Studies” as an academic field in higher education. The author argues that this field gained considerable momentum as more scholars explore the possibilities of gaming as a legitimate vehicle of pedagogy and curricular reform. (Joel Foreman, Nova Southeastern University. This article was orginally published in Innovate as: Foreman, J. 2004. Video game studies and the emerging instructional revoluation. Innovate 1 (1). The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher.)...

Effective Site Level Planning for Technology Integration - Effective integration and sustained use of technology must focus on comprehensive planning that involves all of the stakeholders, according to this report. It suggests a model for technology use planning that emphasizes operational steps for integrating technology. They include: (1) establishing a stakeholder planning committee, (2) coordinating with existing plans, (3) identification of student and program needs, (4) identification of available resources to support the plan, (5) curriculum integration, (6) establishing goals and objectives, (7) developing related classroom-based plans, (8) staff development, (9) evaluation, (10) budget and funding strategies, and (11) implementation strategies. (John Cradler and Elizabeth Bridgforth, WestEd, 1996)...

School Technology and Readiness Report: The Power of Digital Learning – Integrating Digital Content - This report asserts that so much focus has been put on hardware, connectivity and rudimentary technology skills that our schools and students have not realized the full potential of digital learning. The report provides guidelines and tools for technology integration in the classroom, as well as outlining the potential of digital learning and recommendations on digital content. It includes charts on teacher preparedness, types of teacher technology use, methods of integration into classrooms and Internet access organized by school characteristics. One major finding is that while a majority of teachers utilize technology to perform administrative functions, only 33% of K-12 teachers say that they feel "very well-prepared" or "well-prepared" to integrate high-quality digital content into instruction. (CEO Forum on Education and Technology, June 2000)...

Teachers' Tools for the 21st Century: A Report on Teachers' Use of Technology - This report uses multiple data sources to describe teachers' use of education technology in their classrooms and schools. It examines the availability of this technology in their classrooms and schools, their training and preparation for using it, and the barriers to technology use they encounter. Key findings include: 99% of teachers have computers available in their school, with 84% saying they have at least one computer in their classroom and 10% having more than five. Lack of computers, lack of release time for training and lack of class time were cited as the main barriers to using computers and the Internet for instruction. (Becky Smerdon and Stephanie Cronen, U.S. Department of Education, September 2000)...


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