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Resources for inclusion of technology in the classroom.

Technology Driven Classrooms (TDC) Technology in the Classroom: Digital Media. A New Understanding of the Digital Divide. As an urban teacher whose students are often lacking access to a computer and the Internet at home, I have strong opinions and experiences with the digital divide.

A New Understanding of the Digital Divide

I decided to do some research to see where my students fit into the current trends. What is the digital divide? If you ask most people to define the digital divide, most of them would answer that it has to do with those who have access to technology and those who don't. Ten years ago, they would have been right. However, over the last ten years access to technology has become more and more ubiquitous. So what does this all mean?

We are looking at a completely different kind of divide. Another group that is often left out of the conversation are Americans with disabilities. Most of the reports about the digital divide center around racial and socio-economic differences (a 2010 study confirmed that household income is the greatest predictor of Internet use). About - Understanding Educational Technology. Teaching with the Internet: Lessons from the Classroom., 1999. This book shows teachers how to effectively integrate the Internet into the classroom, and illustrates how teachers are developing classroom communities filled with the excitement of learning and discovery.

Leu Jr, D. J., Leu, D. D., & Leu, K. R. (1999). Teaching with the Internet: Lessons from the Classroom. Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc., 1520 Providence Highway, Suite# 12, Norwood, MA 02062. – jcdrozdowski

Each chapter begins with a story of how a talented teacher uses the Internet in the classroom and then discusses the lessons that can be learned from this experience.

Teaching with the Internet: Lessons from the Classroom., 1999

Emotional Engagement in Education, Part Two: Motivate Students with Class Action. This is the second post in a three-part entry.

Emotional Engagement in Education, Part Two: Motivate Students with Class Action

Read part one and part three. How do you respond in your classroom to a societal, medical, or environmental concern? Here's the next step in planning how to use such a problem as a springboard for a class project. Digital Life 101 (6-8) Is School Enough? Exploring Interest-Driven and Informal Learning. Is School Enough?

Is School Enough? Exploring Interest-Driven and Informal Learning

Video Series Edutopia's new video series profiles young people who are pursuing their passions and making their learning more authentic by taking it into their own hands, on their own time. This series is produced by Mobile Digital Arts and Twin Cities Public Television, as a companion to an hour-long PBS special that is now available to watch. Watch preview of Is School Enough? What Is Successful Technology Integration? Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school.

What Is Successful Technology Integration?

Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is: Routine and transparentAccessible and readily available for the task at handSupporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals When technology integration is at its best, a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool -- it is second nature. And students are often more actively engaged in projects when technology tools are a seamless part of the learning process. Learning Inside an Out-of-School Newsroom. Editor's Note: Our guest blogger this week is Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep, PhD, research director and senior producer at Youth Radio, a Peabody Award-winning, youth-driven production company in Oakland, California, with bureaus across the country and partners around the world.

Learning Inside an Out-of-School Newsroom

Lissa's new book with Vivian Chavez, Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories, takes you behind-the-scenes to give you concrete strategies for engaging and collaborating with diverse groups of young people on real-world initiatives. This week, she's sharing the how-tos (and the valuable lessons) of writing a radio commentary. Whenever I give a talk about my work with Youth Radio -- where teenagers collaborate with adult media-makers to produce audio, video, text and photo-based stories for broadcast and digital outlets -- invariably one of the first questions I get asked is some version of, "How can the activities and outcomes you describe happen inside schools? " I never know how to answer that question. The Flipped Mobile Classroom: Learning "Upside Down".

In the past few months, the flipped-learning model has hit mainstream media with articles appearing in the New York Times and even Southwest Airlines' Spirit magazine.

The Flipped Mobile Classroom: Learning "Upside Down"

Traditionally, students learn new information through lecture or direct instruction while in school. Conversely, in a flipped class, students gain content knowledge at home through audio, video and text, so that more class time can be devoted to discussion, exploration and experimentation. Social Networking Fact Sheet. Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking.

Social Networking Fact Sheet

(Note: This page will be updated whenever new data is available.) Technology Accommodations. An accommodation is a change in how an assessment or instruction is given, but does not indicate a change in what is being measured or a change in the material.

Technology Accommodations

The accommodation should be to allow a student to participate that would otherwise not be able to. The accommodations allow the student the capability to demonstrate what they know or can do. The use of accommodations with a special needs student does not change the content of the instruction, the skill being learned, or the material being assessed. An example of an accommodation could include the use of a calculator for basic computation or giving the student extended time on a test. Laptop Programs for Students.

Zucker, A. A., & Light, D. (2009). Laptop programs for students. Science, 323(5910), 82-85. – jcdrozdowski

National Education Technology Plan. The National Education Technology Plan provides a vision of transformational learning experiences powered by technology that can shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps.

National Education Technology Plan

Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology. What Forty Years of Research Says About the Impact of Technology on Learning. Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Technology Integration Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject. In the following sections, we review specific technology integration practices that have been shown to enhance teaching and learning in four academic subject areas: You may also skip to the section on Additional Evidence-Based Programs for Learning for more on tech for collaborative discussion, assessment, customizing instruction, and teaching digital literacy.

Technology for Learning Reading. Girls and Robotics. Editor's Note: In this blog sponsored by Lego, author Mary Beth Hertz mentions her use of the Lego Mindstorm product. Hertz did not know Lego was sponsoring her blog and Lego made no request for product mentions. To best serve our audience, Edutopia is leaving the reference intact, as it reflects the facts of the author's experience and not any commercial arrangement between Lego and Edutopia.

Right now in education, it seems like everyone is talking about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Once again, our government has had a knee-jerk reaction to the success that other countries are having on international science and math tests. Technology Integration Research Review. Editor's Note: This article was originally written by Vanessa Vega, with subsequent updates made by the Edutopia staff. Technology integration can be one of the most challenging topics to find quality research on. The term itself is a broad umbrella for numerous practices that may have little in common with each other. In addition, technology tools change rapidly, and outcomes can vary depending on implementation. Edutopia's tech integration review explores some of the vast body of research out there and helps you navigate useful results.

Challenge Winners - Gallery - Mindstorms LEGO.com. Did you know that 2014 is the Year of the Maker? The LEGO MINDSTORMS team was at World Maker Fair in New York City this past September for the first time! AJET 19(1) Herrington, Oliver and Reeves (2003) - engagement in authentic online learning environments. Jan Herrington, Ron OliverEdith Cowan UniversityThomas C. ReevesThe University of Georgia, USA The use of authentic activities within online learning environments has been shown to have many benefits for learners in online units and courses. There has been renewed interest in the role of student activities within course units, as constructivist philosophy and advances in technology impact on educational design and practice. Courses based on these principles have been used successfully across a wide variety of discipline areas. Blended learning: Uncovering its transformative potential in higher education.

Garrison, D. R., & Kanuka, H. (2004). Blended learning: Uncovering its transformative potential in higher education. The internet and higher education, 7(2), 95-105. – jcdrozdowski

Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus. Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. What Can Video Games Teach Us about Teaching Reading?: OneSearch.

Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Providing technology leadership for restructured schools: OneSearch. Using Smart Boards and Manipulatives in the Elementary Science Classroom: EBSCOhost. Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech.

I've haven't seen teachers use their document cameras attached to their computers. I like the idea of being able to record a lesson you're teaching. Not only could you review it, but you could let kids who were absent see the lesson they missed. – jcdrozdowski
Chapnick, A. (2014). The Flipped Classroom and Professional Military Education: A Preliminary Assessment of the Possibilities. Canadian Military Journal, 14(4). – jcdrozdowski

Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! The Digital Divide in Classroom Technology Use: A Comparison of Three Schools.

Attitude toward 'student race and social class' combined with 'institutional goals' were correlated to the likelihood of existing technology to be utilized to it's full potential (vs a smart board being used as a "white board.") – jcdrozdowski

Measuring Student Attitude and Knowledge in Technology-Rich Biology Classrooms.

Incantalupo, L., Treagust, D. F., & Koul, R. (2014). Measuring Student Attitude and Knowledge in Technology-Rich Biology Classrooms. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(1), 98-107. – jcdrozdowski

Digital Storytelling and its Practical Usages as a Dissemination Tool.

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Parents' Perceptions of Communication Patterns and Effectiveness of Use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems by Their Children With Angelman Syndrome. What Do We Do with These Computers? Reflections on Technology in the Classroom - Journal of Research on Technology in Education - Volume 35, Issue 1. How and Why Educators Use Twitter: A Survey of the Field - Journal of Research on Technology in Education - Volume 46, Issue 4. Providing technology leadership for restructured schools: EBSCOhost. Examining Teachers’ Beliefs About the Role of Technology in the Elementary Classroom - Journal of Research on Computing in Education - Volume 32, Issue 1.

Found on UAS at: Ertmer, P. D. (1999). Examining teachers' beliefs about the role of technology in the elementary classroom. Journal Of Research On Computing In Education, 32(1), 54. – jcdrozdowski