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Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

September 2008 Volume 8, Number 3


Glen L. Bull; Lynn Bell; Chrystalla Mouza

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 9

  1. Connecting Informal and Formal Learning Experiences in the Age of Participatory Media: Commentary on Bull et al. (2008)

    Christine Greenhow, University of Minnesota, United States

    Bull et al. (2008) suggested several barriers to bridging informal learning and participation in the Web outside of school with learning in school settings. These constraints include specific... More

    pp. 187-194

  2. Exploring Essential Conditions: A Commentary on Bull et al. (2008)

    Arlene Borthwick & Randall Hansen, National-Louis University, United States; Lucy Gray, Center for Urban School Improvement, The University of Chicago, United States; Irina Ziemann, Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401, United States

    The editorial by Bull et al. (2008) on connections between informal and formal learning made explicit one element of solving what Koehler and Mishra (2008) termed a "wicked problem.” This wicked ... More

    pp. 195-201

  3. Virtual Manipulatives Used by K-8 Teachers for Mathematics Instruction: The Influence of Mathematical, Cognitive, and Pedagogical Fidelity

    Patricia S. Moyer, Utah State University, United States; Gwenanne Salkind, George Mason University, United States; Johnna J. Bolyard, West Virginia University, United States

    This study examined teachers' uses of virtual manipulatives across grades K-8 after participating in a professional development institute in which manipulatives and technology were the major... More

    pp. 202-218

  4. Social Studies Special Issue: Another Look at Civic Literacy in a Digital Age

    Michael Berson, University of South Florida, United States; Phillip VanFossen, Purdue University, United States

    The second James F. Ackerman Colloquium on Technology and Citizenship, held on the campus of Purdue University in July 2007 was designed to bring together a group of 30 scholars to present research... More

    pp. 219-221

  5. An Analysis of Electronic Media to Prepare Children for Safe and Ethical Practices in Digital Environments

    Ilene Berson, Micael Berson & Shreya Desai, University of South Florida, United States; Donald Falls, Southeast High School, United States; John Fenaughty, NetSafe, New Zealand’s Internet Safety Group, New Zealand

    A range of electronic resources, including video-based instruction, are used to promote cybersafety to young people at school. This evaluation analyzed seven distinct programs that use electronic... More

    pp. 222-243

  6. Web-Supported Communities for Teacher Professional Development: Five Cautions

    Hedieh Najafi, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada; Anthony Clarke, University of British Columbia, Canada

    This interpretive case study explores an attempt to add an online component-the On-line Literacy Project-to a successful face-to-face professional development community. Participants were six... More

    pp. 244-263

  7. Multimedia Technologies and Familiar Spaces: 21st Century Teaching for 21st Century Learners

    Judy Lambert, University of Toledo, United States; Pru Cuper, Keene State College, United States

    This article explores 21st century skills, nonlinear thinking skills, and the need for student reflection-which, taken together, serve as an essential foundation for digital-age teaching of today's... More

    pp. 264-276

  8. Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age

    Eliza T. Dresang, Florida State University, United States

    Future teachers need to be aware of the changes in young readers that are occurring in order to meet their needs. Radical Change offers an excellent starting point and context for thinking about... More

    pp. 277-293

  9. Radical Change Revisited: Dynamic Digital Age Books for Youth

    Eliza T. Dresang, Florida State University, United States

    Radical change, a theory described in my 1999 book, Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age, was developed in the mid-1990s. It serves as a lens through which to examine, explain, and... More

    pp. 294-304