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University of Wisconsin-Madison
SpelLit: A Collaborative Body- and Space-related Interactive Learning Game for School Children to acquire Reading and Writing Skills
EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2019 (Jun 24, 2019) pp. 63–71
SpelLit 4.0 is a collaborative body- and space-related learning experience for elementary school children, which facilitates to acquire reading and writing skills in a playful way. SpelLit allows teachers to edit and change the game by themselves....
Topics: Collaborative technologies
EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2019 (Jun 24, 2019) pp. 230–247
This contribution describes the use of augmented reality in teaching contexts for secondary schools. As part of the project, Ambient Learning Spaces (ALS) a cloud-based learning system is used in combination with the mobile InfoGrid learning...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2019 (Mar 18, 2019) pp. 2772–2777
Instagram is one of the most used social media platforms that allows adolescents to socialize with others and thereby may have a profound impact on their social development and identity formation. The purpose of this study was to develop a tentative ...
Topics: Social Media
Implementing Socially Relevant Problem-Based Computer Science Curriculum at the Elementary Level: Students’ Computer Science Knowledge and Teachers’ Implementation Needs
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2019 (Mar 18, 2019) pp. 2257–2266
The focus of this research project was to examine how problem-based learning (PBL) impacts students’ interest and knowledge in computer science (CS) at the elementary level. By focusing on a problem that emphasizes social activism, we hypothesized...
Language Teaching in 3D Virtual Worlds with Machinima: Reflecting on an Online Machinima Teacher Training Course
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching Vol. 8, No. 2 (April 2018) pp. 20–38
This article is based on findings arising from a large, two-year EU project entitled “Creating Machinima to Enhance Online Language Learning and Teaching” (CAMELOT), which was the first to investigate the potential of machinima, a form of virtual...
Affordances and Limitations of Learning Analytics for Computer-Assisted Language Learning: A Case Study of the VITAL Project
Anouk Gelan; Greet Fastré; Martine Verjans; Niels Martin; Gert Janssenswillen; Mathijs Creemers; Jonas Lieben; Benoît Depaire; Michael Thomas
Computer Assisted Language Learning Vol. 31, No. 3 (2018) pp. 294–319
Learning analytics (LA) has emerged as a field that offers promising new ways to prevent drop-out and aid retention. However, other research suggests that large datasets of learner activity can be used to understand online learning behaviour and...
Supporting Change in Teacher Practice: Examining Shifts of Teachers’ Professional Development Preferences and Needs for Technology Integration
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 17, No. 4 (December 2017) pp. 522–548
Studies have shown that when K-12 school districts implement a new technology initiative, it is not always accompanied by effective teacher professional development (PD). Many teachers have indicated that effective technology PD experiences should...
Andrea C. Burrows; Joe Garofalo; Steven Barbato; Rhonda Christensen; Michael Grant; - Kinshuk; Jennifer Parrish; Christine Thomas; Tandra Tyler-Wood
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 17, No. 4 (December 2017) pp. 478–482
uring this National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS; see ntls.info), concurrent “strand” deliberations took place over 2 days. One of those strands was entitled American Innovations in the Content Areas: STEM, and the discussion within that...
The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol. 18, No. 7 (Nov 29, 2017)
As online courses become more common, practitioners are in need of clear guidance on how to translate best educational practices into web-based instruction. Moreover, student engagement is a pressing concern in online courses, which often have high...
Commentary: A Response to an Interview With Joseph South by the Teacher Education and Technology and Media Divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children
Marcia L. Rock; Sean Smith; Cathy Newman Thomas; Kelley Regan; Eleazar Vasquez III; Michael Kennedy; Lisa Dieker; Anya Evmenova; Cindy Okolo; Margaret Bausch
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 17, No. 3 (September 2017) pp. 301–311
Thriving in the digital age workplace requires, in part, professionals who think differently about how they prepare the next generation workforce. Teachers and teacher educators are no exception. When reflecting on how today’s teacher educators...
InteractiveWall 3.1 - Formal and Non-Formal Learning at School with Web-3.0-based Technology in Front of Large Multi-touch Screens
EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2017 (Jun 20, 2017) pp. 1317–1326
This paper focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of the InteractiveWall 3.1 (IW), which supports formal and non-formal learning in primary and secondary schools. With the third generation we developed based on latest technology, new...
Mathematics Education Research Journal Vol. 27, No. 2 (June 2015) pp. 183–200
Recent studies of the transition from school to university mathematics have identified a number of epistemological gaps, including the need to change from an emphasis on equality to that of inequality. Another crucial epistemological change during...
Implementation and Outcomes of a Responsibility-Based Continuing Professional Development Protocol in Physical Education
Sport, Education and Society Vol. 20, No. 3 (2015) pp. 398–419
Research in education and physical education has emphasized the need for continuing professional development (CPD) programs that are aligned with best practices. More specifically, scholars interested in teaching personal and social responsibility ...
Improving Preservice Teachers' Knowledge and Application of Functional Behavioral Assessments Using Multimedia
Behavioral Disorders Vol. 41, No. 1 (2015) pp. 38–50
Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is an empirically supported intervention associated with decreasing problem behavior and increasing appropriate behavior. To date, few studies have examined multimedia approaches to FBA training. This paper...
Intervention in School and Clinic Vol. 50, No. 3 (January 2015) pp. 163–168
Teacher educators are always looking for instructional strategies that are easy to create and use but are powerful for promoting learning among preservice teacher candidates. Content acquisition podcasts (CAPs) is an example of an instructional...
Educational Technology Research Journals: "Journal of Educational Computing Research," 2003-2012
Educational Technology Vol. 55, No. 2 (2015) pp. 43–48
This article analyzes articles published in the "Journal of Educational Computing Research" ("JECR") from 2003 to 2012. The authors analyzed the articles looking for trends in article types and methodologies, the most common...
Troy Thomas; Lenandlar Singh; Kemuel Gaffar; Dhanaraj Thakur; Grace-Ann Jackman; Michael Thomas; Roger Gajraj; Claudine Allen; Keron Tooma
International Journal of Education and Development using ICT Vol. 10, No. 4 (Dec 31, 2014)
This article employs confirmatory factor analysis to evaluate the factorial validity and the cross-national comparability of the UTAUT constructs with respect to mobile learning in higher education in four Caribbean countries. Except for the...
Comprehension Tools for Teachers: Reading for Understanding from Prekindergarten through Fourth Grade
Carol McDonald Connor; Beth M. Phillips; Michael Kaschak; Kenn Apel; Young-Suk Kim; Stephanie Al Otaiba; Elizabeth C. Crowe; Shurita Thomas-Tate; Lakeisha Cooper Johnson; Christopher J. Lonigan
Educational Psychology Review Vol. 26, No. 3 (September 2014) pp. 379–401
This paper describes the theoretical framework, as well as the development and testing of the intervention, "Comprehension Tools for Teachers" (CTT), which is composed of eight component interventions targeting malleable language and...
InteractiveSchoolWall: A Digitally Enriched Learning Environment for Systemic-Constructive Informal Learning Processes at School
EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2014 (Jun 23, 2014) pp. 2527–2537
In this article we describe a computer-based novel learning space for learning at school which digitally extends learning spaces in a new way. We implemented the InteractiveSchoolWall (ISW). Interactive navigation and self-determined information...
A multilevel analysis of the effects of external rewards on elementary students' motivation, engagement and learning in an educational game
Computers & Education Vol. 75, No. 1 (June 2014) pp. 136–148
This study investigated the effects of external rewards on fifth graders' motivation, engagement and learning while playing an educational game. We were interested in exploring whether the feedback-rich environment of the game could mitigate the...
Using Evidence-Based Multimedia to Improve Vocabulary Performance of Adolescents With LD: A UDL Approach
Learning Disability Quarterly Vol. 37, No. 2 (May 2014) pp. 71–86
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is commonly used for guiding the construction and delivery of instruction intended to support all students. In this study, we used a related model to guide creation of a multimedia-based...
Investigating the Relationship between STEM Learning Principles and Student Achievement in Math and Science
American Journal of Education Vol. 120, No. 2 (February 2014) pp. 139–171
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) advocates commonly emphasize an interdisciplinary, authentic, project-based, and technology-based approach to learning, though the strength of prior research varies. This study examines the...
Computers & Education Vol. 70, No. 1 (January 2014) pp. 116–127
There are many open questions with respect to theory and empirical support for methods used in college teaching, especially when technology is incorporated into instruction. In this article, we report the results of a study of a multimedia-based...
International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC) Vol. 6, No. 2 (Jul 23, 2013) pp. 4–8
This study presents the potential use of Greek School Network (GSN) to provide a robust and versatile e-learning course for computer science educators, in order to efficiently exploit advanced IT services, thus establishing a modern and attractive...
Educational Technology Research and Development Vol. 61, No. 1 (February 2013) pp. 107–129
In this article, the authors argue that educational technology is chiefly and increasingly being used as a tool for the privatization of education and the commodification of people by way of top down evaluative structures put in place by governments ...
TBLT in Business English Communication: An Approach for Evaluating Adobe Connect and Second Life in a Blended Language Learning Format
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 2013) pp. 73–89
Research on the use of task-based language teaching (TBLT) with digital technologies has increased over the last few years but few studies have focused specifically on its use with blended learning involving international undergraduate learners...
Michael J. Kennedy; Emily Ely; Cathy Newman Thomas; Paige C. Pullen; Jennifer R. Newton; Kristen Ashworth; Mira T. Cole; Shelly P. Lovelace
Teacher Education and Special Education Vol. 35, No. 3 (August 2012) pp. 243–257
Content Acquisition Podcasts (CAPs), created using Mayer's Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, are a form of instructional technology that can deliver critical course content and be used by teacher educators to conserve limited face-to-face...
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 20, No. 3 (July 2012) pp. 305–330
This paper reports on a grounded theory analysis of prospective teachers’ online reflections in an ePortfolio system as part of a university-based teacher preparation program requirement. Results indicate that prospective teachers tend to showcase...
A Triarchic Model for Teaching “Introduction to Special Education”: Case Studies, Content Acquisition Podcasts, and Effective Feedback
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 20, No. 3 (July 2012) pp. 251–275
Those who teach introductory level courses in special education to preservice teacher candidates often face a paradox in terms of whether to use limited instructional time to either focus on characteristics of students with disabilities or emphasize ...
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol. 5, No. 1 (May 17, 2012)
This study aims to enhance our holistic understanding of 3D virtual worlds by providing a detailed analysis of the research methods and research trends related to the research of 3D virtual worlds for educational environments. Data was collected by...
Psychological Review Vol. 119, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 321–344
The authors propose a general modeling framework called the general monotone model (GeMM), which allows one to model psychological phenomena that manifest as nonlinear relations in behavior data without the need for making (overly) precise...
The Role of the ACCUPLACER Mathematics Placement Test on a Student's First College Mathematics Course
Educational and Psychological Measurement Vol. 72, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 332–351
The first college mathematics course a student enrolls in is often affected by performance on a college mathematics placement test. Yet validity evidence of mathematics placement tests remains limited, even for nationally standardized placement...
Jim Knight; Barbara A. Bradley; Michael Hock; Thomas M. Skrtic; David Knight; Irma Brasseur-Hock; Jean Clark; Marilyn Ruggles; Carol Hatton
Journal of Staff Development Vol. 33, No. 2 (April 2012) pp. 18–23
New technologies can dramatically change the way people live and work. Jet engines transformed travel. Television revolutionized news and entertainment. Computers and the Internet have transformed just about everything else. And now small video...
Cooperation, Culture and the Communicative Approach: Why Three Research Groups must come together as a Community for Successful Technology Implementation
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (Mar 05, 2012) pp. 3164–3169
This paper reports on a cross case analysis of Taiwanese English Language Learning (ELL) university instructors’ use of technology. This in-depth multiple case study attempted to gain an understanding of these instructors’ central concerns regarding ...
InteractiveSchoolWall: A Digital Enriched Learning Environment for Systemic-Constructive Informal Learning Processes
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (Mar 05, 2012) pp. 3133–3140
In this paper we reflect on the impact of a novel digitally enriched learning space for teaching processes. We present a hypermedia presentation and interaction platform. We show how learning space at school can be extended digitally in a new way....
Effects of Content Acquisition Podcasts to Develop Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Exceptionality Vol. 20, No. 1 (2012) pp. 1–19
A critical issue facing the field of education is the need to improve teachers' preparation to effectively manage student behavior in the classroom. Many pre- and in-service teachers receive exposure to evidence-based behavioral interventions, such...
Student and High-School Characteristics Related to Completing a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) Major in College
Research in Science & Technological Education Vol. 30, No. 1 (2012) pp. 17–28
Background: The importance of increasing the number of US college students completing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) has prompted calls for research to provide a better understanding of factors related to student...
Journal of Rural Health Vol. 28, No. 1 (2012) pp. 16–27
Context: Health information technology (HIT) is a national policy priority. Knowledge about the special needs, if any, of rural health care providers should be taken into account as policy is put into action. Little is known, however, about rural...
Language and Speech Vol. 54, No. 4 (December 2011) pp. 487–497
Two experiments investigate the effectiveness of audiovisual (AV) speech cues (cues derived from both seeing and hearing a talker speak) in facilitating perceptual learning of spectrally distorted speech. Speech was distorted through an eight...
Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 88, No. 11 (November 2011) pp. 1565–1568
Coulometric titrations involve the quantification of analyte by measurements of current and time. In most coulometric titrations, the anode and cathode are placed in isolated cells that are connected by a salt bridge. By contrast, the experiments...
Assessment Vol. 18, No. 3 (September 2011) pp. 291–307
Item response theory (IRT) and related latent variable models represent modern psychometric theory, the successor to classical test theory in psychological assessment. Although IRT has become prevalent in the measurement of ability and achievement,...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (Mar 07, 2011) pp. 3517–3524
The aim of this paper is to discuss the pertinence of experience of hypertext structures regarding the development of perceptual patterns when using contemporary time based interactive media. Therefore we discuss first the idea of time based...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 42, No. 7 (2011) pp. 1011–1020
This article reports on some findings from the project "Analysing the Transition from Secondary to Tertiary Education in Mathematics". One of the key variables in the school to university transition is the teacher/lecturer, and here, we deal with...
Educational Media International Vol. 48, No. 3 (2011) pp. 193–207
Despite a decline in popularity within US society, posters continue to hold a prominent place within middle and high school science classrooms. Teachers' demand is satisfied by governmental and non-profit science organizations that produce and...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 42, No. 7 (2011) pp. 891–901
What role do gestures play in advanced mathematical thinking? We argue that the role of gestures goes beyond merely communicating thought and supporting understanding--in some cases, gestures can help generate new mathematical insights. Gestures...
Fostering 21st Century Skill Development by Engaging Students in Authentic Game Design Projects in a High School Computer Programming Class
Journal of Educational Computing Research Vol. 44, No. 4 (2011) pp. 391–408
This study used technology-rich ethnography (TRE) to examine the use of game development in a high school computer programming class for the development of 21st century skills. High school students created games for elementary school students while...
How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds?
Brent Gregory; Sue Gregory; Denise Wood; Yvonne Masters; Mathew Hillier; Frederick Stokes-Thompson; Anton Bogdanovych; Des Butler; Lyn Hay; Kim Flintoff; Stefan Schutt; Robyn Alderton; Ieva Stupans; Lindy McKeown Orwin; Andrew Cram; Grant Meredith; Jenny Grenfell; Francesca Collins; Allan Ellis; Lisa Jacka; Ian Larson; Andrew Fluck; Helen Farley; Jay Jay Jegathesan; Dale Linegar; Debbie McCormick; Jason Zagami; John Campbell; Angela Thomas; Nona Muldoon; Ali Abbas; Ian Burnett; Sheila Scutter; David Ellis; Suku Sinnappan; Katrina Neville; Ashley Aitken; Simeon Simoff; Xiangyu Wang; Mandy Salomon; Kay Souter; Greg Wadley; Michael Jacobson; Anne Newstead; Gary Hayes; Scott Grant; Alyona Yusupova
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2011 (2011) pp. 475–490
Over the past decade, teaching and learning in virtual worlds has been at the forefront of many higher education institutions around the world. The DEHub Virtual Worlds Working Group (VWWG) consisting of Australian and New Zealand higher education...
Science Education Vol. 94, No. 6 (November 2010) pp. 1072–1091
Framed by sociocultural theory, the purpose of the study was to understand the cultural tools used by science teachers when leaning to mentor and how tool use may lead to the construction of new understandings about mentoring. The participants were...
How the Pressure of Top-down Technology Implementation and Misaligned Evaluation Unintentionally Damages Schools, Teachers and Education in Taiwan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (Mar 29, 2010) pp. 2432–2439
This paper investigates Taiwanese English Language Learning (ELL) university instructors’ use of computer technology for instructional purposes. The interplay of teachers’ beliefs, actions, and the context in which they are situated are discussed....
Teaching Teachers to Teach with Body- and Space related Technologies: Programmable Clothing in Performative Teaching Processes
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (Mar 29, 2010) pp. 3038–3045
The integration of programmable textiles into teaching scenarios allows the necessary support for world-life in the 21th century. Therefore, we discuss theoretically the meaning of this integration. We describe a pilot project, where 10th graders...