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Talking Technology across Divides: Online Dialogue among Education Students in Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America
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, University of Cincinnati, United States ; , Zayed University, United Arab Emirates ; , University of Missouri-Kansas City, United States ; , Korea National University of Education, Korea (South) ; , University of Cincinnati, United States ; , Korea National University of Education, Korea (South)

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), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This study explored how similarly or differently education students from Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America perceived the current status of instructional technology in their countries and what they believed to be the role of teachers in the information age. Sixty eight education students from the three countries participated in weekly online discussion forums facilitated on the Blackboard course management system for six weeks. Results showed that the participants felt that their countries had progressed with respect to the use of technology in classrooms. However, most students acknowledged that socioeconomic differences led to a lack of equitable distribution of technology in their schools. Students in all three countries saw teachers as playing an important role in facilitating student knowledge of how to use technology as well as how to access and use the vast amount of information available to them through technologies.

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Seo, K.K., Sowa, P., Schmidt, C., Baek, Y.K., Byk, A. & Cheong, D. (2009). Talking Technology across Divides: Online Dialogue among Education Students in Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America. 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. 2347-2353). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 30, 2023 from .

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