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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Articles from The CITE Journal.

Check out this articles appears in Volume 7, Issue 3, 2007 edition of The CITE Journal.

Editorial: Developing Technology Policies for Effective Classroom Practice
By Glen Bull, John Park, Michael Searson, Ann Thompson, Punya Mishra, Matthew J. Koehler and Gerald Knezek

Information technology has changed both business and society in recent years. Just as the advent of electronic media shaped society at the beginning of the 20th century, the capabilities of the Internet are changing our world in the 21st century. Substantial efforts have been made to ensure that schools are woven into the infrastructure of the web. Every school and virtually every classroom in the United States have been connected to the Internet. Other efforts such as the One Laptop Per Child initiative (see have been undertaken to extend the mesh of connections worldwide. Despite these investments, schools are not yet demonstrably more effective.
The threefold frame for thinking about technology integration (T, P, & C) can be developed in multiple ways (Figure 1). For instance, one could focus on Pedagogy, and see how it interacts with Technology and Content. Alternatively, one could focus on one content area, and see how Pedagogy and Technology can be best utilized to develop student understanding of core content ideas.

Figure 1. The TPCK framework.

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Computerworld Denmark News - The One Laptop Per Child Project
For two weeks in November, U.S. educators and others can buy the machines for $400 apiece, with profits funding laptops in developing nations

Digital Tablet PCs as New Technologies of Writing and Learning: A Survey of Perceptions of Digital Ink Technology
By Kevin Reins

The purpose of this study was to investigate effective uses of digital ink technology in an elementary mathematics methods course. A survey methodology was used in the study to examine the participants’ perceptions toward this technology for teaching and learning. All of the items on the survey produced response means between 5.0 and 6.0, with a median standard deviation of 1.095, on a 7-point Likert-type scale. The findings indicate positive perceptions regarding the benefits of the use of digital ink technology.

Blogs: Enhancing Links in a Professional Learning Community of Science and Mathematics Teachers
By Cathleen C. Loving, Carolyn Schroeder, Rui Kang, Christine Shimek and Bruce Herbert

Anyone who can access the Internet can be part of the knowledge-access, knowledge-building, information-exchanging culture, regardless of location. Time magazine’s latest “Person of the Year” is “You”(Grossman, 2006). In a startling acknowledgement that “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before” has trumped any famous individual, the editorial board elected to pay tribute to the power of the World Wide Web—and some of its most famous creations such as Wikipedia, YouTube, MySpace, and Web logs or blogs. This research is about blogs and their use in a new teacher professional development project.

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