Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice / Edition 1

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The author has written a new and unique text for courses in Computers in Education or Instructional Media and Technology. The purpose of this text is to address what technology teachers should know and be able to do, but the focus is on learners and learning rather than on the technology itself. The book is unique in that it presents the students’ learning goals first rather than the technology tool, thereby focusing on the learner and the learning rather than the technology.

The examples throughout the chapters present ideas for tasks that can be completed with a variety of tools rather than one specific tool that teachers may not have access to. Each chapter includes a brief summary of research from educational technology, learning theory, and other areas to build a foundation for chapter examples and activities. The chapters also include examples for learning in a variety of contexts and content areas and can be applied easily to teaching other ideas and subjects. A unique chapter (Chapter 9) on teacher productivity helps support future educators in their everyday tasks.

The book illustrates what technology-enhanced learning can be like today and prepares teachers and administrators for what may come tomorrow.

Some of the pedagogical features in the book include:

Cases–These appear at the beginning of each chapter and provide a framework for the chapter discussion that follows.

~These cases are compelling snapshots from real classrooms that help students to connect educational concepts to the real world.

~Related questions within and at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to think critically about the material and its related application to the classroom.

Meet the Needs of Today’s Students feature–Each chapter contains margin notes to help the readers address the learning needs of ALL students including those with diverse needs and English Language Learners.

Meeting the Standards feature–This feature shows how the National Educational Technology Standards connect to the learning goal of each chapter.

~Additional state standards are listed on the book’s companion website.

Tool CloseUp feature–These boxes explore the features of technology tools discussed in the chapter in more detail.

Learning Activities feature–Provide opportunities to apply the chapter’s guidelines and technology tool discussions to a variety of learning activities related to all grade levels and content areas.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I wish that this text had been available a year ago for the courses I will be teaching starting next week. It provides the type of approach that my students truly need. The focus is on teaching, learning, instructional design…and then technology….What my students need is what this book provides — a true look at the why and how of technology integration and the relationship to higher order thinking skills. I am very impressed.”

-David Bullock, Ed.D.

Portland State University

“I would definitely adopt this book and encourage the department not only to adopt it, but also to use it as a catalyst for curriculum redesign. I think we could easily combine it with a foundations course and TRULY integrate and model technology.”

-Donna Baumbach

University of Central Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131721180
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/11/2008
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 290,425
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Understanding Classroom Learning and Technology Use

Overview of Learning and Technology

Students and Technology

Teachers and Technology

Guidelines for Using Educational Technology

Technology-Enhanced Learning Activities

Technologies for Supporting Learning


Technology-Supported Lesson Example


Chapter 2 Supporting Student Content Learning

Overview of Content Learning and Technology in K-12 Classrooms

The Technology-Supported Content Learning Process

Guidelines for Supporting Student Technology-Enhanced Content Learning

Content Learning Technologies

Learning Activities: Content Learning

Assessing Content Learning: Scoring Guides

Sample Lesson: Content Learning

Chapter 3 Supporting Communication

Overview of Communication and Technology in K-12 Classrooms

The Technology-Supported Communication Process

Teachers and Technology-Supported Communication

Guidelines for Supporting Communication with Technology

Communication Technologies

Learning Activities: Communication Tasks

Assessing Communication Tasks: Rubrics

Sample Lesson: Communication

Chapter 4 Supporting Student Critical Thinking

Overview of Critical Thinking and Technology in K-12 Classrooms

The Critical Thinking Process

Guidelines for Supporting Student Critical Thinking with Technology

Critical Thinking Technologies

Technology-Supported Learning Activities: Critical Thinking

Assessing Critical Thinking With and Through Technology

Sample Lesson: Critical Thinking

Chapter 5 Supporting Student Creativity

Overview of Creativity and Technology in K-12 Classrooms

The Creative Thinking Process

Guidelines for Supporting Student Creativity with Technology

Creativity Technologies

Learning Activities: Creativity

Assessing Learner Creativity

From the Classroom: Technology and Assessment

Sample Lesson: Creativity

Chapter 6 Supporting Problem-Solving

Overview of Technology-Supported Problem-Solving in K-12 Classrooms

The Problem-Solving Process

Guidelines for Technology-Supported Problem-Solving

Problem-Solving and Inquiry Technologies

Learning Activities: Problem-Solving and Inquiry

Assessing Learner Problem-Solving and Inquiry

Sample Lesson: Problem-Solving

Chapter 7 Supporting Student Production

Overview of Technology-Supported Production in K-12 Classrooms

The Production Process

Guidelines for Supporting Student Technology-Enhanced Production

Productivity Technologies

Learning Activities: Production Projects

Sample Lesson: Production

Chapter 8 Supporting Student eLearning

Overview of eLearning in K-12 Environments

Processes Involved in eLearning

Teachers and eLearning

Guidelines for Supporting Student eLearning

eLearning Technologies

Learning Activities: eLearning

Assessing eLearning

Sample Lesson: eLearning


Chapter 9 Supporting Teacher Development

Overview of Professional Development in Technology-Supported Learning

The Technology PD Process

Guidelines for Working Toward Effective PD

Teacher Tools for Technology-Supported Learning

Learning Activities: Professional Development

Assessing Professional Development

PD Plan Example

Chapter 10 Supporting Learner Futures

Overview of Future Trends and Educational Technology

Guidelines for Supporting Students in the Technology-Enhanced Future

Trends in Tools and Tool Use

Activities to Prepare Learners for the Future

Assessing Student Preparedness for the Future

Sample Lesson: The Future

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