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Assignment 15: Reading: Distance Learning, the Internet, and the World Wide Web.

http://www.ericfacility.net/ericdigests/ ed395214.html This article covers a brief evolution of distance education from “snail mail” to the more current incarnations utilizing technology to facilitate learning. Distance Learning Online is defined as utilizing some of the following mechanisms: electronic mail (delivery of course materials, sending in assignments, getting/giving feedback, using a course listserv, i.e., electronic discussion group) bulletin boards/newsgroups for discussion of special topics; downloading of course ...

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Assignment 14: Reading: Reasons For Bringing Technology Into Schools

http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/ EdTech/reasons.html From case studies (reference not cited on webpage) the authors determined that there were 6 overarching reasons to bring technology into the classroom: Support thinking processes Stimulate motivation and self esteem Promote equity Prepare students for the future Support changes in school structure Explore technology capabilities Support thinking processes: i.e., technology provides opportunity for thinking development which is not found through other media. ...

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new photos

ok, let me just say about half of my photos from the past two weeks turned out ok. The ones in theory that should be great (sunrises, ocean waves in front of a light house, etc., were just well…) well, I have to be honest….they just sucked. The totally random ones (flower in a vase, a pile of leaves on the driveway, and other happenstance ...

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Assignment 13: Reading: Technology to Support Learning

http://www.nap.edu/html/howpeople1/ch9.html Part III: Teachers and Teaching, Chapter 9: Technology to Support Learning This chapter provides a brief overview of the use of technology in the classroom from the 1960s. From these usage studies and experiments, much has been learned about how learning is affected by technology. “New” technology can provide opportunities of expanding “old” technology (e.g., traditional blackboards, books, etc.) . One of the advantages ...

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Assignment Avatars: reflection (Assignment 12)

SO, this past week’s assignment was to post to a class only discussion group via webCT in 5 different prescribed avatars (personalities of sorts). Although I consider myself to be a fairly creative and techie person, I really had a hard time with this assignment. I don’t know — it just felt too contrived. I also felt that there was not so much discussion as ...

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Assignment 11: Reading: The Great Media Debate

http://hagar.up.ac.za/rbo/ construct/media.html The Great Media Debate (a summary of the arguments) Media will never influence learning: –Instruction methods are different from the media –It’s the instruction method not the media and it’s how effective the instruction is via the media NOT the media itself –Media itself does not cause a difference in learning and one media can always be substituted by another VS. Media will ...

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Assignment 10: Reading: Media Comparison Research

http://www.gsu.edu/~mstswh/courses/ it7000/papers/media.htm This article gives a brief definition of media as “Media refers to a class of instructional resources and representing all aspects of the mediation of instruction through the agency of reproducible events. It includes the materials themselves, the instruments used to deliver the materials to learners and the techniques or methods employed. (Allen 1)” The three goals of media research are obtain knowledge ...

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Assignment 9: Reading: The Impact of Media and Technology in Schools

http://www.athensacademy.org/ instruct/media_tech/reeves0.html The Impact of Media and Technology in Schools: A Research Report prepared for The Bertelsmann Foundation In this article, the author discusses the impact of technology and its role in the K-12 environment. In the introduction he points out that students can learn from technology or learn with technology. I think those are very interesting distinctions as learning from technology seems to imply ...

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Assignment 8: Reading: Computers Make Kids Smarter-Right

http://www.technos.net/tq_07/2cuban.htm Computers Make Kids Smarter-Right? by Heather Kirkpatrick and Larry Cuban This article questions the conventional wisdom that money spent on technology is well spent and helps students become smarter. As the authors point out, the results of studies on effectiveness of technology on learning have been mixed. To determine the effectiveness of technology, people(educators, parents, interested parties) need to examine the following carefully: 1. ...

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Assignment 7: Instructional Design models

Of the learning models presented in class on 9/22, I found cognitive learning to be the most confusing. I had some difficulty conceptualizing it and relating it to a classroom situation. I found anchored learning to the most interesting of the theories and the one which seemed most likely to be framed in a creative wrapper. Anchored learning starts with a concept and radiates outward. ...

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