this 2nd post within an hour is to capture the recent NECC (National Educational Computing Conference) held in San Antonio, organised by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). reading a highlight from eSN, saw NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) being mentioned. looks like i have not been tracking developments in FRAMEWORK for quite some time *LOL* anyway it’s now included in the storeroom, so will read more about it when time permits 😛
oh yes, the NECC 2007 Research Papers can be found in this archive, and the NECC 2008 Papers here.

April/May 2006 issue of Innovate

Cross-posted this from Innovate

Welcome to the April/May issue of Innovate, which focuses on changing the ways we think about technology and its role in educational settings. We open our issue with my interview with Joel Barker and Scott Erickson, co-authors of Five Regions of the Future: A New Way to Think about Technology (Penguin 2005). They encourage thinking about technology in terms of purposes and results, developing five interrelated groupings that form a new lexicon to help the general public participate in discussions about emerging technologies and to help us all understand the uses and potential results of a technology.
Addressing the potential results of using video game technology in educational contexts, Michael Young, P. G. Schrader and Dongping Zheng encourage instructors, researchers, and designers to explore massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs). They examine the learning environments provided by MMOGs using ecological psychology, a theoretical approach that emphasizes the interrelationship between the mind and its environment, and encourage teachers and designers to utilize the learning potential inherent in this popular medium.
Our next four articles provide practical accounts of how technologies are currently being used to enhance the learning process for K-12 students, educational leaders, and university students. I interview David Macquart of the Global Nomads Group, a group dedicated to heightening cultural understanding among our K-12 children. They use videoconferencing technology to bring together classes in different parts of the world and to stream video�or webumentaries�from cultural sites around the world. In turn, Donna Cooner and Ellyn Dickmann examine the advantages of using of e-journals to promote critical self-reflection, peer dialogue, and professional growth for interns in principal preparation programs. They also introduce us to Journey Mapping, a software program that can support structured e-journal writing for student principals and convenient data collection for their mentors and supervisors.
In college courses with large enrollments, the strategic use of technology can offer significant advantages as well. Jason Cole and Bruce Robertson illustrate how they used a model from the business world, market segmentation, to determine the diverse needs of students in a large core class; they then drew upon this model to develop a hybrid online/offline course that caters to different student populations�working and nonworking students as well as native English speakers and ESL students. Johnny El-Rady describes how he adopted an electronic voting system to facilitate class participation and assess student learning in a large lecture course. In assessing the pros and cons of using such a system, he argues that the benefits of such technology make it a valuable asset for instructors.
Our final feature offers recommendations for how technology should be used to maximize the value of existing university resources. John Shank and Steven Bell introduce us to the Administrators, Faculty, Librarians Instructional Parnership (A_FLIP), their model of a collaboration among instructors, administration, and librarians that centers around using the courseware system to facilitate involvement of the library in courses.
Enjoy this issue of Innovate. As always, we look forward to interacting with you through the journal’s discussion boards, live webcasts, and other exemplary features.
James L. Morrison

Check out Innovate – April/May 2006 here 🙂

The Technology Source Archives

Published from 1997 to 2003, The Technology Source (ISSN 1532-0030) was a peer-reviewed bimonthly periodical whose purpose was to provide thoughtful, illuminating articles that would assist educators as they face the challenge of integrating information technology tools into teaching and into managing educational organisations.
The website maintains all of the articles originally published in The Technology Source …

Research instruments

Darren juz shared with us a site by Texas Center for Educational Technology with many research instruments:
Instruments for Technology Integration
01. Learning with Technology Profile Tool
02. STaR Chart
03. Stages of Adoption
04. Technology Integration Phases
05. Teachers & Technology: A Snap-Shot Survey
06. Teachers’ Views of Technology and Teaching
Instruments for Assessing Attitudes
07. Young Children’s Computer Inventory
08. Computer Attitude Questionnaire
09. Teachers Attitudes Toward Computers Questionnaire
10. Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Information Technology
11. Faculty Attitudes Toward Information Technology
and a couple of Technology Skills Check lists too.

Changing patterns of Internet usage and challenges at colleges and universities

Increased enrollments, changing student expectations, and shifting patterns of Internet access and usage continue to generate resource and administrative challenges for colleges and universities. Computer center staff and college administrators must balance increased access demands, changing system loads, and system security within constrained resources.
To assess the changing academic computing environment, computer center directors from several geographic regions were asked to respond to an online questionnaire that assessed patterns of usage, resource allocation, policy formulation, and threats. Survey results were compared with data from a study conducted by the authors in 1999. The analysis includes changing patterns in Internet usage, access, and supervision. The paper also presents details of usage by institutional type and application as well as recommendations for more precise resource assessment by college administrators.

Access the full paper here.