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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (2004) pp. 352–355
Exploring the uses of narrative in an online educational environment will be the primary focus of this proposal. In this presentation, I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the online environment with respect to education, the definition...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2005 (2005) pp. 2162–2165
Discussion boards are being used widely in a variety of educational contexts. It makes sense then to explore how the composition of discussion board messages influences the response. This study explores the characteristics of discussion board...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (Mar 19, 2006) pp. 1451–1452
PDA's improve motivation, engagement, and learning, while remaining accessible and portable. Handhelds seem to easily adjust to various curricular content and thus integrate well with a variety of curriculum. Handhelds also seem to enable teachers...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (Mar 02, 2009) pp. 1388–1394
We have an inadequate understanding about the effect of avatar choice on teacher expectations and perceptions of student success. The gender and ethnicity of students has been shown to specifically effect teacher perceptions and expectations of...
The types of autobiographical experiences that contribute toward individuals becoming technology-using pre-service teachers
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (Mar 03, 2008) pp. 4042–4048
This study examined autobiographical experiences that contribute toward individuals becoming technology-using pre-service teachers. This was significant because although many people have looked at characteristics of technology using teachers, few...
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 59, No. 3 (May 2015) pp. 77–84
Children across the United States of America are maturing in a media-saturated society. Unfortunately, this often results in poor content choices and evaluative skills. North American schools have attempted to address this problem through...
Global Learn 2010 (May 17, 2010) pp. 3653–3659
The Digital Divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to information technology and those with very limited or no access. Many individuals have come to understand the digital divide through several resources. Unfortunately,...
Topics: Digital Divide
Empowering Teachers? An Exploratory Study of Personnel Practices in Virtual Charter Schools in the United States
Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning Vol. 18, No. 2 (Dec 23, 2014) pp. 59–81
Virtual charter schools have the potential to transform teacher personnel management. However, there is currently little evidence that they are doing so. This study examined how 89 teachers at two virtual charter schools perceived school personnel...
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (Oct 18, 2010) pp. 26–31
The Digital Divide is the gap between people with ready access to technology and those with little access. Although many individuals understand the Digital Divide, some still exhibit apathy toward those on the inadequate side of the divide. As a...
Topics: Digital Divide
The Influence of Teacher Avatar Gender and Ethnicity on Student Expectations and Evaluations in a Virtual World Environment
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (Mar 05, 2012) pp. 145–149
The gender and ethnicity of teachers have been shown to affect student expectations and evaluations. In Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVE), people socially interact via avatars that have the capability to be customized to minute details of...
Review of Educational Research Methods in Desktop Virtual World Environments: Framing the Past to Provide Future Direction
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan 24, 2014)
This article describes educational research methodologies being used in the investigation and evaluation of desktop virtual world environments (DVWEs) as used to teach a variety of subjects in higher education. Ellis? research framework on...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (Mar 05, 2012) pp. 3833–3838
Virtual and blended experiences are an emerging trend in education. K-12 virtual schooling was first utilized in the 1990s and continues to grow. Currently 48 of 50 states offer some virtual experience in K-12 education. Of these, 39 states have...
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments Vol. 5, No. 3 (July 2014) pp. 1–17
Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVE) are increasingly being used in education and provide environments where users can manipulate minute details of their avatar's appearance including those traditionally associated with gender and race...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 29, No. 1 (January 2009) pp. 70–94
A literature review of 121 peer-reviewed articles, books, and conference proceedings was conducted to determine the signature pedagogies of social studies education and technology integration. The authors found that the signature social studies...
Educational Administration Quarterly Vol. 50, No. 1 (February 2014) pp. 160–189
Opportunities for K-12 students to choose virtual and blended learning experiences continue to grow. All 50 states including Washington, D.C., now offer some virtual experience in K-12 education. Of these, 40 states have state virtual schools or...
Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 7, No. 1 (2008) pp. 5–17
Although lecture and lab courses are commonly used in higher education, there are potential problems with this format. However, technology is presenting new opportunities for teaching such a type of a course. This study explores the changes in the...
American Journal of Distance Education Vol. 29, No. 1 (2015) pp. 18–29
The purpose of this case study was to examine challenges faced by virtual school leaders in the United States. Through semistructured interviews, the researchers explored challenges faced by eighteen leaders of fully online or blended online...
Journal of Online Learning Research Vol. 1, No. 3 (December 2015) pp. 305–335
This paper evaluates an online charter school that serves children in grades K-8 in a southern state in the United States. We compare growth in math and literacy learning on state standardized assessments between students enrolled in this school and ...
Why they choose and how it goes: Comparing special education and general education cyber student perceptions
Computers & Education Vol. 76, No. 1 (July 2014) pp. 70–79
While critics offer concerns that cyber charter schools under-enroll special education students, such schools may offer advantages for these students, and some cyber schools have identified this market niche. Little is known about such schools. We...
Educational Research Quarterly Vol. 41, No. 1 (2017) pp. 63–83
Research indicates that traditional public schools are less effective in serving Latino students. Yet Latino students, but not their parents, exhibit greater school satisfaction than do their counterparts. The purpose of this study was to examine...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (Mar 25, 2013) pp. 229–236
There is evidence that in traditional public schools the school satisfaction of students and parents varies by parent involvement. Prior studies suggest that multiple factors influence parental involvement, including race, socioeconomic status,...
Journal of Online Learning Research Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec 31, 2016) pp. 327–331
K-12 online learning has grown dramatically the last decade. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that this growth has occurred despite course completion rates and standardized test scores that tend to be lower than those found in face-to-face ...
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol. 3, No. 3 (Nov 13, 2010)
This multidisciplinary literature review analyzed one hundred and eight peer-reviewed journal articles focusing on presence from four academic disciplines: Mass Communication, Human-Computer Interaction, Education, and Psychology. It was conducted...
Journal of Educational Technology & Society Vol. 19, No. 1 (2016) pp. 211–222
As cyberschooling options expand, it is vital that we understand the nuances of these particular learning opportunities. Because little research exists on leaders of K-12 cyberschools, this exploratory case study had two purposes. We first examined...
The Other Side of the LMS: Considering Implementation and Use in the Adoption of an LMS in Online and Blended Learning Environments
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 51, No. 2 (March 2007) pp. 35–39
There are more similarities than differences among learning management system (LMS) software products. In a recent study, Carriere, Challborn, and Moore compared a variety of LMSs and went as far as to suggest that the only real differences between...