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Lacina, Jan; Mathews, Sarah – Childhood Education, 2012
"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow" (Dewey, 1916). Dewey's words are still relevant today as educators across the world consider how to best connect the print-based literacies of the past to the technologically based literacies of the present. Dewey's advice of re-envisioning how to best teach children…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Childrens Literature, Reading Comprehension
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2009
Across the United States, many school districts are investing large sums of money to install interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in classrooms. For example, the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) aims to become a "digital district" by installing IWBs into 5,000 classrooms over the next two years. This particular implementation of…
Descriptors: Electronic Classrooms, Technology Planning, Technology Integration, Influence of Technology
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2008
Across the world, technology is part of the social and academic lives of students. In particular, iPods are one of the most popular forms of technology. Wikipedia, an excellent online source for information, notes that Apple has sold more than 119 million of these portable media players as of October 2007. With iPods, students can listen to, or…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Acquisition
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Lacina, Jan; Watson, Patricia A. – Childhood Education, 2008
This article presents an excerpt from the most recent ACEI publication. It describes the characteristics of effective middle level teachers and the characteristics of effective content-area instruction which makes use of reading and writing as often as possible. The use of literacy processes in content disciplines can lead to improved…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Literacy, Middle School Teachers, Content Area Writing
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2008
Struggling readers may regularly worry about reading at an appropriate speed and intonation. Fluency is a "hot" topic according to Jack Cassidy's annual reading survey published in "Reading Today," in which he interviews various literacy experts throughout the United States on the hot and not-so-hot reading topics. Fluency…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Informal Reading Inventories, Reading Instruction, Handheld Devices
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Lacina, Jan; Hannibal, Mary Anne – Childhood Education, 2008
"The great teacher is not the man [or woman] who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people." This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is an important reminder that education involves more than just teaching academic content and meeting state, or national, standards. Teachers inspire, encourage, challenge,…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Educational Change, Faculty College Relationship
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2007
A WebQuest is an inquiry-based technology activity designed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University in 1995. Dodge and March describe WebQuests as activities in which most, or all, of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are a powerful instructional activity for teachers and students. Students will…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Internet, Content Area Reading, Technology Uses in Education
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2007
Technology is a way of life for most Americans. A recent study published by the National Writing Project (2007) found that Americans believe that computers have a positive effect on writing skills. The importance of learning to use technology ranked just below learning to read and write, and 74 percent of the survey respondents noted that children…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Caregivers, Young Children, Emergent Literacy
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2006
Young children today are exposed to technology at a much younger age than they were five to 10 years ago, and technology is now an important component of literacy. To be able to function in the world today, children need to learn how to read beyond a paperbound book. In this article, the author highlights Web sites that provide unique…
Descriptors: Phonemes, Web Sites, Literacy Education, Internet
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2006
Teaching and learning radically changed with advances in technology. Research shows that the computer can be an effective tool in both teaching and learning, and for that reason, school districts throughout the United States support schools by purchasing computers and software for individual classrooms. As a result, many school districts are using…
Descriptors: School Districts, Management Systems, Educational Technology, Internet
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2005
Much of the research literature from the past 25 years has supported the importance of teaching grammar in the context of writing instruction (Calkins, 1980; DiStefano & Killion, 1984; Weaver, 1996,1998). Unlike other content areas, practice does not make perfect when learning grammar. While isolated drill and practice of grammatical concepts may…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Educational Technology, Writing Instruction, Grammar
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2005
Technology affects education at all levels. Children are naturals at using technology. They use technology in all aspects of their lives; for that reason, it is imperative that teachers not only keep up with the latest technology, but also find ways to integrate technology, including the media, into classroom instruction. Media literacy is a…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Technology Education, Technology Integration, Educational Strategies
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Lacina, Jan – Childhood Education, 2004
Today, a plethora of Web sites and software packages are designed specifically for English language learners, and not only are most teacher candidates well-versed in how to use technology, they are likely familiar with numerous software programs that are appropriate to use with children. Although teacher candidates may be well-trained in how to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Educational Technology, Computer Software, Bilingual Teachers