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Editorial: Rapid Publishing in a Time of COVID-19: How a Pandemic Might Change Our Academic Writing Practices

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CITE Journal Volume 21, Number 1, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


With no doubt, our lives are dominated by an abundance of information. This information is easily accessible in the palms of our hands through the proliferation of mobile technologies such as phones and tablets. Importantly, advances in mobile technologies enable users to both access and produce information in a seamless manner. The ability for virtually anyone to capture, produce, and instantaneously share information creates enormous potential for advancing human knowledge.

At the same time, it creates a number of challenges, as misinformation, dangerous information, and fake news are also in abundance online. These challenges raise a number of questions about our ability to process and evaluate information critically. As Athreya and Mouza (2016) noted, there is a need for this generation of students to “learn how to organize and process the vast amount of available information, think critically, and turn information into practical knowledge easily accessible for decision-making” (p. 2). An important set of articles in this issue (CITE-English Education and CITE-Social Studies Education) squarely address this need by focusing on experiences that prepare preservice and in-service teachers to develop critical media literacy skills that help meet the demands and opportunities of the Information Age. Another set of articles, focuses on the skills required by educators to identify and utilize emerging technologies and frameworks to support teacher learning and ultimately student outcomes. These technologies include social media, badges, virtual manipulatives, and computational thinking tools.


Ferdig, R., Baumgartner, E., Mouza, C., Kaplan-Rakowski, R. & Hartshorne, R. (2021). Editorial: Rapid Publishing in a Time of COVID-19: How a Pandemic Might Change Our Academic Writing Practices. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 21(1), 1-18. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved June 13, 2021 from .