Global Positioning System and Social Interaction Software Across Content Areas
Melda N. Yildiz, Kean University, United States ; Gul Geldymuradova, Academy of Science, Turkmenistan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper outlines the role of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Social Interaction Software (SIS) in teacher education; provides the results of participatory research project in the US and Turkmenistan; offers creative strategies and possibilities for integrating GPS and Web 2.0 technologies into the K-12 curriculum with limited resources and equipment; describes participants' reactions and experiences with new technologies; and showcases their curriculum projects. The study conducted while teaching interdisciplinary technology courses and investigated 13 teacher candidates in the US and 15 teachers in Turkmenistan. The study explored wide range of meanings participants associated with new media and technologies; impact of GIS and SIS in teacher education; and ways in which participants integrated new media into their projects. Teacher candidates and teachers argued challenges and advantages of handheld devices as classroom tools; developed skills in deconstructing existing curricula for improving student outcomes.
Yildiz, M.N. & Geldymuradova, G. (2010). Global Positioning System and Social Interaction Software Across Content Areas. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2563-2571). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).