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  • Jennifer Claro   May 26, 2012, 4:40 p.m.

    Chapter 9!

    This is a great back to basics chapter on why we got so excited about technology in education in the first place. There's a good review of the research on what is possible with tech (that is not possible without it) and solid results showing improvements in student learning outcomes to back up the claims. Anyone doing a lit review on tech in education would want to start here.

    For me, one of the most interesting aspects of using tech in my classes is the motivational aspect. As we see in Ch. 9, students who engage in "projects with meaning beyond the school classroom" (p. 213) develop better attitudes towards what they are learning (e.g. p. 210) and learn better (e.g. p. 216). It's cool to read things like "sixth graders who use computer-based learning tools develop a better conceptual understanding of acceleration and velocity than many 12th-grade physics students". Imagine what the 12th grade students could have done with them! :)

    Back to motivation. So many students get bored in school, and why shouldn't they? So much of what they learn in school has little application to their own lives, or to anything except the classroom. Or so it has been for a long time. But thru projects connecting classes not only to each other, but to experts in various fields, and thru doing work that has meaning for the students, student motivation and learning outcomes both get a big boost. I was happy to read about all the amazing projects going on (some of them are still going on!) and they motivate me to think about how I can get my students more connected with the outside world and involved in meaningful collaborative projects.

    I teach English as a Foreign Language, and since my students don't speak English outside the classroom, connectivity is something I need to tap into more. I have plans for a sister class exchange this fall with a group of university students in Canada who are studying Japanese. Finally, my students will get some real communication with native speakers! Will this motivate them in their English studies? Only time will tell... :)

  • Jessy Kate Schingler   May 25, 2012, 2:43 p.m.

    i read this chapter on the plane last week and actually found it unfortunately very dated and not super insightful. nothing in particular stood out for me! curious what others thought of it.

    i was thinking of reading some other parts of the book but was less inspired after reading the chapter. lol. sorry! what did you guys think?

  • Jennifer Claro   May 25, 2012, 8:32 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Jessy Kate Schingler   May 25, 2012, 2:43 p.m.

    Hi all,

    Sorry, I read the chapter and found it good in many ways. Sorry, this past week has been super busy and this weekend I have several things going on plus an iMoot on for the next 4 days.

    Will try to post a comment on Chapter 9 soon.

    I think the rest of the book looks great for getting back to basics and also for the fantastic references. So many new papers to check out! Great websites too, I found this one is an updated one from Chapter 9

    Will be back asap!


  • Jennifer Claro   May 21, 2012, 4 p.m.

    LOL I have this book! It's one of the ones in my pile (seriously). Here's my chance to crack it open!

    Thanks Rebecca, this looks like an awesome reading. 

  • Jessy Kate Schingler   May 21, 2012, 10:08 a.m.

    this looks super cool! chapter 9 is it :)