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Trust, Torrey; Maloy, Robert W. – Computers in the Schools, 2017
The emergence of 3D printing has raised hopes and concerns about how it can be used effectively as an educational technology in school classrooms. This paper presents the results of a survey asking teachers from multiple grade levels and subject fields about the impact of 3D projects on student learning. Teachers were asked about the kinds of 3D…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Technology Uses in Education, Technological Literacy
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Abramovich, Sergei; Nikitin, Yakov Yu. – Computers in the Schools, 2017
This article is written to share teaching ideas about using commonly available computer applications--a spreadsheet, "The Geometer's Sketchpad", and "Wolfram Alpha"--to explore three classic and historically significant problems from the probability theory. These ideas stem from the authors' work with prospective economists,…
Descriptors: Probability, Mathematics Instruction, Spreadsheets, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Caglayan, Gunhan – Computers in the Schools, 2016
This qualitative research, drawing on the theoretical frameworks by Even (1990, 1993) and Sfard (2007), investigated five high school mathematics teachers' geometric interpretations of complex number multiplication along with the roots of unity. The main finding was that mathematics teachers constructed the modulus, the argument, and the conjugate…
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Teachers, Visualization, Numbers
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Elkin, Mollie; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Computers in the Schools, 2016
KIBO is a developmentally appropriate robotics kit for young children that is programmed using interlocking wooden blocks; no screens or keyboards are required. This study describes a pilot KIBO robotics curriculum at an urban public preschool in Rhode Island and presents data collected on children's knowledge of foundational programming concepts…
Descriptors: Programming, Preschool Children, Robotics, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Bossé, Michael J.; Adu-Gyamfi, Kwaku; Chandler, Kayla; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen – Computers in the Schools, 2016
Dynamic mathematical environments allow users to reify mathematical concepts through multiple representations, transform mathematical relations and organically explore mathematical properties, investigate integrated mathematics, and develop conceptual understanding. Herein, we integrate Boolean algebra, the functionalities of a dynamic…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Educational Technology
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Caglayan, Günhan – Computers in the Schools, 2014
This study investigates prospective secondary mathematics teachers' visual representations of polynomial and rational inequalities, and graphs of exponential and logarithmic functions with GeoGebra Dynamic Software. Five prospective teachers in a university in the United States participated in this research study, which was situated within a…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Mathematics Instruction, Computer Software, Preservice Teachers
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Liu, Min; Rosenblum, Jason A.; Horton, Lucas; Kang, Jina – Computers in the Schools, 2014
Given the growing popularity of digital games as a form of entertainment, educators are interested in exploring using digital games as a tool to facilitate learning. In this study, we examine game-based learning by describing a learning environment that combines game elements, play, and authenticity in the real world for the purpose of engaging…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Games, Educational Environment, Educational Needs
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Kim, Jackie Hee-Young; Jung, Hye-Yoon – Computers in the Schools, 2010
South Korea has adopted the widespread use of digital textbooks. Part school reform and part an effort to prepare today's children for tomorrow's challenging world, the way in which this effort was implemented and the lessons learned are valuable. This article highlights the history of the digital textbook project and compares printed textbooks…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Textbooks, Self Efficacy, Student Motivation
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Ioannou, Andri; Brown, Scott W.; Hannafin, Robert D.; Boyer, Mark A. – Computers in the Schools, 2009
This study investigated whether using multimedia-based instructional material in a problem-based social studies simulation enhances student learning about world issues, increases interest in social studies, and generates positive attitudes toward the instruction. The GlobalEd Project, a Web-based international negotiation simulation embedded in…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Problem Based Learning, Instructional Materials, Internet
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Samsonov, Pavel; Pedersen, Susan; Hill, Christine L. – Computers in the Schools, 2006
In an extension of research examining student-centered pedagogy, the present case study examined how at-risk students used Alien Rescue, a problem-based learning (PBL) software program for middle school science. Twenty-nine participants were observed and interviewed over the twelve class days in which they were engaged in Alien Rescue. Students'…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Problem Based Learning
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Hunt, Andrew L.; Wood, Betty K.; Terrell, Mary Kate; Isom, Jim – Computers in the Schools, 2006
Educators are faced with developing performance indicators for reporting to state and national agencies on pre-service teacher candidates' ability to teach using innovative pedagogy as well as content- specific standards. Portfolio assessment has gained momentum as a standard in assessing student-learning outcomes. This paper is a discussion of…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Portfolio Assessment, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software
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Beisser, Sally R. – Computers in the Schools, 2006
Gender disparity exists in many educational environments despite conscientious attempts to equalize opportunities and outcomes. Research studies indicate females are less likely to effectively engage in the use of technology for problem solving. However, in a two-year study of a Midwest elementary multi-age classroom, researchers studied…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Problem Solving, Learning Strategies, Gender Differences
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Fan, Huey-Ling; Orey, Michael – Computers in the Schools, 2002
Addresses the implementation of a constructivist approach to using multimedia technology in two advanced language art classrooms in a public middle school seventh grade class. Discuses the development of management, technical, research, and problem solving skills, and placing final projects on the Web to give students a sense of audience.…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Constructivism (Learning), Grade 7, Language Arts
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MacKnight, Carol B. – Computers in the Schools, 2001
Investigates the use of critical thinking in different educational applications and in different types of learning environments. Discusses active reading; the Knowledge Integration Environment that promotes problem solving skills; the potential of Web communication tools to promote critical thinking; and instructionally relevant communication…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Critical Thinking, Educational Environment, Interaction
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Abramovich, Sergei; Nabors, Wanda – Computers in the Schools, 1997
Describes how using spreadsheets helped seventh grade algebra students develop problem-solving skills. Topics include the functional dualism of the spreadsheet as a text, uniting enactive and numeric modeling of word problems, new meanings and reciprocal learning, learning through problem "posing," higher levels of thinking, and decreasing…
Descriptors: Algebra, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking
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