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Johnson, James E.; Christie, James F. – Computers in the Schools, 2009
This article examines how play is affected by computers and digital toys. Research indicates that when computer software targeted at children is problem-solving oriented and open-ended, children tend to engage in creative play and interact with peers in a positive manner. On the other hand, drill-and-practice programs can be quite boring and limit…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Toys, Educational Technology
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Lorenz, Barbara; Green, Tim; Brown, Abbie – Computers in the Schools, 2009
The use of multimedia graphic organizer software and how it influenced the prewriting process for primary school children were evaluated. An analysis of writing samples generated by second-grade students with diverse writing abilities was carried out. Students were given two opportunities to participate in prewriting activities--one without and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Prewriting, Grade 2, Computer Software
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Heafner, Tina L.; Friedman, Adam M. – Computers in the Schools, 2008
Web 2.0 software, in particular wikis, have the potential to allow students to become active contributors to the Internet and, as a result, restructure traditional learning environments. In this study, the effects of student-created wikis were evaluated through measures of student engagement, cognitive benefits, and student learning in both the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students
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Liu, Leping; Maddux, Cleborne D. – Computers in the Schools, 2008
This article presents a study of Web 2.0 articles intended to (a) analyze the content of what is written and (b) develop a statistical model to predict whether authors' write about the need for new instructional design strategies and models. Eighty-eight technology articles were subjected to lexical analysis and a logistic regression model was…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Content Analysis, Journal Articles, Predictor Variables
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Morales, Cesareo; Knezek, Gerald; Christensen, Rhonda – Computers in the Schools, 2008
The Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment (TPSA) questionnaire was administered to 978 elementary and middle school teachers from Mexico City, and 932 elementary and middle school teachers from the Dallas, Texas, metroplex in the USA, in order to examine self-efficacy similarities and differences for technology proficiency self-appraisals in a…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Middle School Teachers
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Vannatta, Rachel A.; Banister, Savilla – Computers in the Schools, 2008
In an effort to establish a baseline of technology competency among our entering education students, our College of Education began implementing the Assessment of Technology Competencies (ATC) in Fall 2003. This performance-based assessment evaluates word-processing, presentation, spreadsheet, graphic/drawing, and Internet skills. Although…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Student Surveys, Student Evaluation, Computer Software
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McFadden, Anna C.; Marsh, George E., II; Price, Barrie Jo – Computers in the Schools, 2002
The rapid growth of the Internet and intranets supports the infrastructure necessary for computer-based testing (CBT). The parallel growth of sophisticated computer programming and powerful computers offers new possibilities in testing, such as Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), where the responses of the subject dictate the nature of the test…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing, Formative Evaluation, Comparative Analysis
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Kahn, Jessica; Pred, Robert – Computers in the Schools, 2002
The design, implementation, and evaluation of the second phase in a two-year faculty development initiative by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium on Higher Education (SEPCHE) is presented. The initiative addressed instruction of SEPCHE faculty in the use of technology in college teaching. Six workshops were conducted for faculty in specific…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Workshops, Faculty Development, College Instruction
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Brucklacher, Barry; Gimbert, Belinda – Computers in the Schools, 1999
Reviews the research literature about cooperative learning and technology, describes role-playing software programs designed for cooperative learning, and shows how Web pages built on a WebQuest model can be used to augment these programs. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Cooperative Learning, Courseware
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Willis, Jerry; Jost, Muktha – Computers in the Schools, 1999
Reviews three of the most popular qualitative data analysis software packages currently available. Describes the purpose of research, including hermeneutic understanding and storytelling; examines the issue of holistic versus atomistic approaches to data analysis; and lists Web sites that describe qualitative software. (LRW)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Software Evaluation, Data Analysis, Hermeneutics
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Bornas, Xavier; And Others – Computers in the Schools, 1997
Illustrates how computers can assist teachers in preventing impulsivity and foster the cognitive and metacognitive development of students. Discusses theoretical aspects of impulsivity and learning difficulties; software for improving self-regulated learning, in particular the VISPRO (Visualizing Processes) project; and teacher education needs,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Cognitive Processes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software