Going Global: Using a Website Development project to Teach Technology Integration, Enhance Global Perspective and Empower Students to Inagine the Teaching Possibilities in Their Own technology Enabled Classrooms
James Clark, Marsha Alibrandi, Carol Pope, Shannon White, Amanda Robertson, Candy Beal, NC State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The Great Ghana Website is part of a larger project, Going Global: Cross Cultural Conversations Around the World. The website project seeks to help graduate and undergraduate students enlarge their global perspective while developing technology skills for the classroom. The site was developed to supplement a video conversation between a University of Kentucky professor and her Ghanaian doctoral student. Their conversation examines what they see as the mismatch that may occur when cultures, values and relationships between developing nations and benefactor nations are dissimilar. To better understand the cultural divide, a website was developed to inform students about the culture of Ghana. The website development process by graduate and undergraduate teacher education students was highlighted by a formal study of what makes a good website - design, font, format, appropriateness for the audience, reliability and varifiability of material presented, etc. Students surfed the net and evaluated examples of website design. We will discuss the process used to help students recognize and build a good website. Examples of the completed project, The Great Ghana Website, that will be shared include 1) economic as well as geographic information delivered through GIS, 2) stories told by a Peace Corps worker in Ghana that preservice teachers have rewritten on two different reading levels - one at a seventh grade level and one at a third grade level to be shared when seventh graders perform service projects in the elementary grades, and 3) digital images of artifacts from a Ghanaian village which have been tied to activities that sharpen students'observation and reflection skills. This website development approach cites learning theory and on-going research that suggest that students who are novices in the area of technology, when partnered and in a supportive, risk free learning environment, have a more postitive learning experience using technology, become technology empowered, and are thus more likely to incorporate the use of technology in their own lessons and classrooms.
Clark, J., Alibrandi, M., Pope, C., White, S., Robertson, A. & Beal, C. (2002). Going Global: Using a Website Development project to Teach Technology Integration, Enhance Global Perspective and Empower Students to Inagine the Teaching Possibilities in Their Own technology Enabled Classrooms. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1020-1021). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).