Evaluating Technology in Teacher Education

Evaluating Technology in Teacher Education
Author: Walt Heinecke,Pete Adamy
Publsiher: IAP
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2010-06-01
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781617350856

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Overall we come away from this project with a renewed sense of the complexity of evaluating the implementation and impact of technology in teacher education. In the post-PT3 period the federal government turned to large-scale experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of educational technology but these have produced little in the way of understanding what types of technology work in various content areas under various conditions. PT3 and its approach to evaluation can be viewed as the pioneering period of educational technology evaluation in teacher education. It was a time when evaluators were just beginning to develop appropriate standards that could be used as evaluation criteria. It was a time when the accumulated wisdom of the evaluation field with regards to the primacy of mixed methods and multiple indicators of outcomes was just beginning to take hold. PT3 evaluators understood the importance of treading the line between summative and formative evaluation, and the relationship of evaluation to the improvement of educational practice. In a world where the policymakers now clamor for simple quantitative evaluations linking teacher preparation to pupil achievement scores, we are reminded that the causal chain from teacher preparation to in-service performance and student achievement is fraught with externalities, complexities and a less than equal playing field. Collectively we still have not figured out how technology may be adding value to education beyond any potential impact on superficial standardized test scores. We have as a nation, ignored the call of cognitive psychologists who in 2000 called for a new frame of reference for learner-centered, community-centered , assessment-centered and content-centered educational processes. They understood that the high stakes accountability systems hinder educational innovation and the release of technology's potential to unlock new ways of knowing and learning. Looking back now on the accomplishments of the PT3 program within our current political context, we see a need for more nuanced evaluation models that examine the relationship between pedagogy and technology integration, with a realization that teacher preparation programs will vary in their approaches to both. Some will focus on skills-based approaches, others on the relationship between pedagogical content knowledge and technology integration. The PT3 program served as an important incubator and test-bed of appropriate evaluation practice; we are already looking back at the program for lessons on how to move forward. We hope this volume may serve as a reminder of lessons for the future.

Framing Research on Technology and Student Learning in the Content Areas

Framing Research on Technology and Student Learning in the Content Areas
Author: Ann D. Thompson,Lynn Bell,Lynne Schrum
Publsiher: IAP
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2008-11-01
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781607528685

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This book is a result of collaboration between NTLS and SITTE. Framing Research is targeted at individuals or small teams of educational researchers who are interested in conducting high quality research addressing the effects of technology-enhanced instruction on student learning. The book summarizes and unpacks the methodologies of a variety of research studies, each situated in the context of school subject areas, such as science, mathematics, social studies, and English/language arts, as well as in the contexts of reading education, special education, and early childhood learning. Taken together, the analyses provide guidance on the design of future technology research grounded in student learning of K-12 curriculum. The conclusions also serve as a tool for teacher educators seeking to prepare teachers to integrate technology effectively in their instruction and to motivate reluctant teachers to overcome perceived inconveniences connected with technology use.

Methods of Evaluating Educational Technology

Methods of Evaluating Educational Technology
Author: Walt Heinecke,Laura Blasi
Publsiher: IAP
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2001-09-01
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781607525042

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This volume gathers some of the methods being developed by evaluators from university settings and the private sector. While providing models and methods, these authors also raise larger questions, such as: "How can schools meet the challenge of educating all children without being limited by the educational legacy of a 'one size fits all' curriculum and normative testing?" More than documenting an "apprenticeship to gadgetry," evaluators are seeking to measure meaningful learning and changes in teaching - investigating approaches that are not possible or that are less accessible when students are in traditional classrooms without technology. In this first volume of the series Research Methods for Educational Technology (RMET) the contributing authors draw upon examples of their work evaluating the implementation and development of educational technology as well as the impact of policies and programs in this field. Within this volume several authors have written about the implementation and evaluation of technology across cultures and national boundaries, pointing to an area of research that will rapidly expand in this decade. The concern for meeting the needs of policymakers is also apparent in several of these chapters, but there is tension between providing them with positive results to support their efforts and reexamining the questions they are asking and how these questions are developed. We know that evaluation is not the extended arm of public relations, and yet it becomes clear that evaluators are often asked to demonstrate a project "is successful" on the threat that the funding will be cut. While this decision-making process fits the timetable of the fiscal year, it does not acknowledge that evaluation can be formative and strengthen programs. This timetable also ignores the investment of time that is needed when implementing innovations like the Internet into teaching and learning. Many of the authors included in this volume write from the context of evaluating federally-funded programs, and they provide valuable insight for future projects which are created and evaluated at the state-level. As technology initiatives are developed and funded outside of the federal arena, more evaluators will be called upon. From approaches developed from federally-funded projects, we can build upon these methods and models for evaluation within regional projects to answer questions related to budgets and accountability. As we answer these immediate questions, we can move forward to examine the long-term impact of technology, and the possibility that exercises in conformity will replace the adventure of human enlightenment for our children.

Evaluation and Assessment in Educational Information Technology

Evaluation and Assessment in Educational Information Technology
Author: D Lamont Johnson,Cleborne D Maddux,Leping Liu,Norma Henderson
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-04-30
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9781000447941

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Choose the right hardware and software for your school! This unique book is the first systematic work on evaluating and assessing educational information technology. Here you?ll find specific strategies, best practices, and techniques to help you choose the educational technology that is most appropriate for your institution. Evaluation and Assessment in Educational Information Technology will show you how to measure the effects of information technology on teaching and learning, help you determine the extent of technological integration into the curriculum that is best for your school, and point you toward the most effective ways to teach students and faculty to use new technology. Evaluation and Assessment in Educational Information Technology presents: a summary of the last ten years of assessment instrument development seven well-validated instruments that gauge attitudes, beliefs, skills, competencies, and technology integration proficiencies two content analysis instruments for analyzing teacher-student interaction patterns in a distance learning setting an examination of the best uses of computerized testing--as opposed to conventional tests, as used in local settings, to meet daily instructional needs, in online delivery programs, in public domain software, and available commercial and shareware options successful pedagogical and assessment strategies for use in online settings a four-dimensional model to assess student learning in instructional technology courses three models for assessing the significance of information technology in education from a teacher?s perspective an incisive look at Michigan?s newly formed Consortium of Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology (COATT) ways to use electronic portfolios for teaching/learning performance assessment and much more!

Evaluating the Impact of Technology on Learning Teaching and Designing Curriculum Emerging Trends

Evaluating the Impact of Technology on Learning  Teaching  and Designing Curriculum  Emerging Trends
Author: Ng, Eugenia M. W.
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2012-01-31
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781466600331

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"This book provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the current and potential impact of online learning and training and to formulate methodologies for the creation of effective learning systems"--Provided by publisher.

Evaluating Educational Technology

Evaluating Educational Technology
Author: Geneva D. Haertel,Barbara Means
Publsiher: Teachers College Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2003-09-26
Genre: Education
ISBN: 0807743305

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Features chapters by today's leading authorities who outline research designs, methodologies, and types of assessments that can be used to more effectively evaluate educational technologies.

Technology Leadership in Teacher Education Integrated Solutions and Experiences

Technology Leadership in Teacher Education  Integrated Solutions and Experiences
Author: Yamamoto, Junko,Leight, Joanne,Winterton, Sally,Penny, Christian
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 390
Release: 2010-06-30
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 9781615209002

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"This book presents international authors, who are teacher educators, and their best practices in their environments, discussing topics such as the online learning environment, multimedia learning tools, inter-institutional collaboration, assessment and accreditation, and the effective use of Web 2.0 in classrooms"--Provided by publisher.

Evaluation of Science and Technology Education at the Dawn of a New Millennium

Evaluation of Science and Technology Education at the Dawn of a New Millennium
Author: James W. Altschuld,David D. Kumar
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2006-04-11
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780306475603

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"James Altschuld, David Kumar, and their chapter authors have produced an upbeat, provocative, visionary, and useful volume on educational evaluation. Of special utility is its grounding in issues and practices relating to evaluations of science and technology education. The book should appeal and be useful to a wide range of persons involved in evaluations of educational policy, programs, and (less so) science teachers. These persons include science and technology education experts, educational policymakers, officials of the National Science Foundation, school administrators, classroom teachers, evaluation instructors, evaluation methodologists, practicing evaluators, and test developers, among others. Contents reflecting international studies of curriculum, evaluation of distance education, and evaluation of technology utilization in Australian schools, as well as evaluations in America should make the book appealing to an international audience. Moreover, it provides a global perspective for assessing and strengthening educational evaluation in the US." Daniel L. Stufflebeam, Professor of Education and Director of the Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University For contents, contributors and a free preview: www.new-in-education.com