These well-respected authors provide a rationale for integrating computers into the classroom curriculum by using them as tool, rather than just an instructional delivery device. Accessible for even teachers with limited computer knowledge teachers are provided with a ten-step NTeQ (iNtegrating Technology for inQuiry) model for developing and implementing integrated lesson plans. Word processing, spreadsheets, databases, publishing software, the Internet, and educational software are all explored, with the goal of demonstrating how to determine whether or not computers should be used and how best to use them.
Helping teachers connect what they are learning to their daily planning and instruction the content within each chapter is also aligned with the new ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) and Teachers (NETS-T), revised in 2007 and 2008, respectively. A new feature throughout the book, The Teacher Diary, documents teacher experiences as they incorporate the NTeQ model in the classroom. The popular NTeQ Lesson Plans have also been expanded to be included in Chapters 7—11.
Gary R. Morrison received his doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Since then, he has worked as instructional designer at the University of Mid-America, Solar Turbines International, General Electric Company's Corporate Consulting Group, and Tenneco Oil Company. As a professor at the University of Memphis, he taught courses in instructional design and served as a faculty associate in the Center of Academic Excellence. Presently, he is a professor in the Instructional Design and Technology Program at Old Dominion University, where he teaches courses in instructional design and distance learning. His credits include print projects, multimedia projects, and more than 30 hours of instructional video programs, including a rive-part series that was aired nationally on PBS-affiliated stations.
Dr. Morrison has written more than 100 papers on topics related to instructional design and computer-based instruction and has contributed to several books and instructional software packages. He is co-author of Designing Effective Instruction with Steven M. Ross and Jerold E. Kemp. He is the associate editor of the research section of Educational Technology Research and Development and past president of AEC:T's Research and Theory Division, and Design and Development Division.
Deborah L. Lowther received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. Before completing her doctoral work, she was a seventh-grade science teacher. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis. Her area of concentration is Instructional Design and Technology. She teaches courses primarily focused toward preparing preservice and inservice teachers to integrate computer technology into their curriculum. She also teaches courses that lead to state certification in instructional computing applications. Her research is centered on factors influencing the integration of technology into various learning environments. Over the past 8 years, Dr. Lowther has been very involved with technology integration from the international to the local level. Her involvement includes conference presentations; co-guest editing Technology in the K-12 Schools, a special edition of a national journal; working with multiple grants focused toward technology integration; providing professional development to K-12 schools across the nation. She is currently the Principal Investigator of Professional Development for the Appalachian Technology in Education Consortium.