Fads and Facts in Technology-Based Learning Environments
Jennifer Lee, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In our zest to embrace new technologies, the emphasis on adoption often trumps the need for research. This paper explores the history of fads in education. It also examines the state of the problem in our schools today. Models of fads in education are discussed in order to understand the implications of adopting technologies based on hype. Since the issue is compounded by the lack of benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of new technologies, four dimensions of measurements are proposed.
Lee, J. (2009). Fads and Facts in Technology-Based Learning Environments. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1957-1964). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).