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Computers & Education

September 2014 Volume 78, Number 1

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Number of articles: 36

  1. Developing and validating of a perceived ICT literacy scale for junior secondary school students: Pedagogical and educational contributions

    Wilfred W.F. Lau & Allan H.K. Yuen

    Educators in the 21st century increasingly argue for the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) literacy and ask how it can be acquired formally and informally for students'... More

    pp. 1-9

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  2. Lead me gently: Facilitating knowledge gain through attention-aware ambient learning displays

    Dirk Börner, Marco Kalz & Marcus Specht

    This empirical study reports an intervention to investigate identified research challenges on the evaluation and use of ambient displays in a learning context with the objective to gain insights... More

    pp. 10-19

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  3. TPACK-in-Action: Unpacking the contextual influences of teachers' construction of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK)

    Joyce Hwee Ling Koh & Ching Sing Chai, National Institute of Education, Singapore; Lee Yong Tay, Beacon Primary School, Singapore

    In school-based environments, teachers need to consider contextual factors such as the availability of technology and school policies as they apply TPACK to address instructional problems. However,... More

    pp. 20-29

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  4. Evaluation framework for ICT-based learning technologies for disabled people

    Marion Hersh

    This paper presents the first systematic approach to evaluation of inclusive ICT-based learning technologies and ICT-based learning technologies for disabled people. The first systematic approach... More

    pp. 30-47

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  5. Learning English reading in a mobile-assisted extensive reading program

    Chih-cheng Lin

    Previous studies on Extensive Reading Programs (ERPs) have reached positive conclusions, namely, that an ERP for language learners is effective in improving their linguistic abilities related to... More

    pp. 48-59

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  6. Child sexual abuse prevention goes online: Introducing “Cool and Safe” and its effects

    Anna R. Müller, Mandy Röder & Michael Fingerle, Goethe-Universität, Germany

    Due to the high prevalence and serious consequences of child sexual abuse, various preventive efforts were developed in the last years. The present contribution introduces a newly developed web... More

    pp. 60-65

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  7. Leaderboards in a virtual classroom: A test of stereotype threat and social comparison explanations for women's math performance

    Katheryn R. Christy & Jesse Fox

    Gamification includes the use of gaming features, such as points or leaderboards, in non-gaming contexts, and is a frequently-discussed trend in education. One way of gamifying the classroom is to ... More

    pp. 66-77

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  8. Unregulated use of laptops over time in large lecture classes

    Eric D. Ragan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States; Samuel R. Jennings, School of Communication, United States; John D. Massey, University Organizational and Professional Development, United States; Peter E. Doolittle, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, United States

    Students often have their own individual laptop computers in university classes, and researchers debate the potential benefits and drawbacks of laptop use. In the presented research, we used a... More

    pp. 78-86

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  9. Examining the TPACK framework through the convergent and discriminant validity of two measures

    Theodore J. Kopcha, Department of Career and Information Studies, Learning, Design, and Technology Program, United States; Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich & Jiyoon Jung, Department of Instructional Systems Technology, United States; Derya Baser, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

    The purpose of this multiple case study was to critically evaluate the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework by examining the convergent and discriminant validity associated... More

    pp. 87-96

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  10. Students' online interactive patterns in augmented reality-based inquiry activities

    Tosti H.C. Chiang & Stephen J.H. Yang, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Taiwan; Gwo-Jen Hwang, Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, Taiwan

    Inquiry learning has been developing for years and many countries have incorporated inquiry learning into the scope of K-12 education. Educators have indicated the importance of engaging students... More

    pp. 97-108

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  11. Non-academic internet use in the classroom is negatively related to classroom learning regardless of intellectual ability

    Susan M. Ravizza, David Z. Hambrick & Kimberly M. Fenn

    The use of laptops and cell phones in the classroom is increasing but there is little research assessing whether these devices create distraction that diminishes learning. Moreover, the... More

    pp. 109-114

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  12. Automatic classification of activities in classroom discourse

    Zuowei Wang, Xingyu Pan, Kevin F. Miller & Kai S. Cortina

    Classroom discourse is the primary medium through which teaching and learning occur. Managed skillfully, it can provide an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and to profit from... More

    pp. 115-123

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  13. Blended learning system for efficient professional driving

    Abel Rionda, ADN Mobile Solutions, Spain; Xabiel G. Pañeda & Roberto García, Informatics Department, Spain; Gabriel Díaz, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Spain; David Martínez, ADN Mobile Solutions, Spain; María Mitre, Business Administration Department, Spain; David Arbesú & Ignacio Marín, ADN Mobile Solutions, Spain

    One of the most important expenses in bus and truck transport companies is the cost of fuel. A small increase in the price of petrol can have a very negative effect on the companies' balance sheet.... More

    pp. 124-139

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  14. Examining the effectiveness of technology use in classrooms: A tertiary meta-analysis

    Karin Archer, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada; Robert Savage & Sukhbinder Sanghera-Sidhu, McGill University, Canada; Eileen Wood & Alexandra Gottardo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada; Victoria Chen, McGill University, Canada

    Identifying effective literacy instruction programs has been a focal point for governments, educators and parents over the last few decades (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2004, 2006; Council of... More

    pp. 140-149

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  15. A comparison of paper-based and video tutorials for software learning

    Hans van der Meij & Jan van der Meij, University of Twente

    Instruction on software usage has long been dominated by the paper-based tutorial. This dominance is now being challenged with the rise of facilities for producing and publishing recorded... More

    pp. 150-159

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  16. Developing information literacy and critical thinking skills through domain knowledge learning in digital classrooms: An experience of practicing flipped classroom strategy

    Siu Cheung Kong

    A study was conducted for creating digital classrooms to support students to develop information literacy competency and critical thinking skills through domain knowledge learning in digital... More

    pp. 160-173

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  17. Gender difference in web search perceptions and behavior: Does it vary by task performance?

    Mingming Zhou

    This study investigates Chinese students' gender differences in their actual use of the web for online information seeking. One hundred and seven Chinese university students responded to... More

    pp. 174-184

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  18. Group regulation and social-emotional interactions observed in computer supported collaborative learning: Comparison between good vs. poor collaborators

    Kyungbin Kwon, Indiana University, United States; Ying-Hsiu Liu, University of Missouri, United States; LaShaune P. Johnson, Creighton University, United States

    This study explored what social interactions students exhibited during collaborative learning, and analyzed how the social interactions evolved in a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL)... More

    pp. 185-200

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  19. Concept maps: A useful and usable tool for computer-based knowledge assessment? A literature review with a focus on usability

    Katja Weinerth & Vincent Koenig, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Martin Brunner, Free University of Berlin, Germany; Romain Martin, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    The concept map is now widely accepted as an instrument for the assessment of conceptual knowledge and is increasingly being embedded into technology-based environments. Usability addresses how... More

    pp. 201-209

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  20. An investigation of the role of article commendation and criticism in Taiwanese university students' heavy BBS usage

    Barry Lee Reynolds, National Yang-Ming University; Siou-Lan Wang, National Central University

    This research aimed to investigate what role heavy users attribute to the Professional Technology Temple (PTT) Bulletin Board Service (BBS) article commendation and criticism (ACAC) scheme,... More

    pp. 210-226

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