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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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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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