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Ciampa, Katia; Gallagher, Tiffany L. – Computers in the Schools, 2013
In this single-case study, we examined the perceived influence of school-wide Apple iPod Touch integration on student learning and engagement. Data collection consisted of elementary teacher and principal interviews, as well as parent surveys. Findings revealed that there was a marked shift in teachers' and students' perceived roles when the iPod…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Elementary School Students, Case Studies
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Tamim, Rana M. – Computers in the Schools, 2013
Teachers around the world are using YouTube movies for different purposes. This mixed-methods study was a preliminary investigation of United Arab Emirates teachers' perceptions about YouTube's advantages in the classroom, current practices, and major challenges faced. Forty-five teachers completed an open-ended questionnaire. Results indicated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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O'Bannon, Blanche W.; Beard, Jeffrey L.; Britt, Virginia G. – Computers in the Schools, 2013
This study examined the effectiveness of using a Facebook group to increase pre-service teachers' knowledge of core technology topics. Further, it examined their use of Facebook, their use of a course-related Facebook group, their participation habits in the group, and their perceptions of using Facebook for educational purposes. Results revealed…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Technology Uses in Education, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods
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Lee, Kenneth T. H.; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina U. – Computers in the Schools, 2013
Research shows the importance of social interaction between peers in child development. Although technology can foster peer interactions, teachers often struggle with teaching with technology. This study examined a sample of (n = 19) children participating in a kindergarten robotics summer workshop to determine the effect of teaching using a…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Robotics, Kindergarten, Child Development
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Thomas, Kevin M.; O'Bannon, Blanche W.; Bolton, Natalie – Computers in the Schools, 2013
Historically viewed as a disruption by teachers, cell phones have been banned from 69% of classrooms (Common Sense Media, 2009). The increased ubiquity and instructional features of cell phones have prompted some teachers to re-evaluate the ban and consider the benefits associated with allowing cell phones in the classroom. This study surveyed 79…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Handheld Devices, Inclusion, Barriers
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Howard, Sarah K.; Rennie, Ellie – Computers in the Schools, 2013
Despite significant investment in school one-to-one device programs, little is known about which aspects of program implementation work and why. Through a comparison of two implementation models, adopter-diffusion and saturation, and using existing data from the One Laptop per Child Australia laptop program, we explored how factors of…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Case Studies, Program Implementation, Performance Factors
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Crawford, Lindy – Computers in the Schools, 2013
This study measured the effects of an online supplementary mathematics curriculum designed for middle school English language learners who speak Spanish as a first language. A randomized experiment measured the achievement differences between middle school English language learners who used the Web-based HELP Math (Help with English Language…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, English Language Learners
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Rodriguez, Prisca M.; Frey, Chris; Dawson, Kara; Liu, Feng; Ritzhaupt, Albert D. – Computers in the Schools, 2012
This study was situated within a year-long, statewide technology integration initiative designed to support technology integration within science, technology, engineering, and math classrooms. It examined the elements used in student artifacts in an attempt to investigate trends in digital artifact creation. Among several conclusions, this…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Multimedia Materials, Technology Integration, STEM Education
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Siko, Jason P.; Barbour, Michael K. – Computers in the Schools, 2012
While researchers are examining the role of playing games to learn, others are looking at using game design as an instructional tool. However, game-design software may require additional time to train both teachers and students. In this article, the authors discuss the use of Microsoft PowerPoint as a tool for game-design instruction and the…
Descriptors: Games, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Educational Games, Computer Uses in Education
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Debele, Meskerem; Plevyak, Linda – Computers in the Schools, 2012
The purpose of the authors in this review is to examine how teacher-related, context-related, and project-related conditions interact in successful cases of technology integration projects in social studies classrooms. A close examination of different dimensions of these conditions in the implementation of 33 successful cases of…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Classroom Environment, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Bahr, Michael W.; Gouwens, Donald A.; Schuh, Genevieve – Computers in the Schools, 2012
Through this study the authors evaluate outcomes associated with the use of handheld computers by interventionists in improving the efficiency of direct systematic classroom observation. Information from observations is used by interventionists for treatment planning and evaluation. In this study, interventionists were trained to use personal…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Handheld Devices, Laptop Computers, Computer Software Evaluation
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Kurt, Serhat – Computers in the Schools, 2012
A WebQuest is an inquiry-based online learning technique. This technique has been widely adopted in K-16 education. Therefore, it is important that conditions of effective WebQuest design are defined. Through this article the author presents techniques for improving WebQuest design based on current research. More specifically, the author analyzes…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Performance Factors, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
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Rodriguez, Cathi Draper; Filler, John; Higgins, Kyle – Computers in the Schools, 2012
Through this exploratory study the authors investigated the effects of primary language support delivered via computer on the English reading comprehension skills of English language learners. Participants were 28 First-grade students identified as Limited English Proficient. The primary language of all participants was Spanish. Students were…
Descriptors: Reading Improvement, Educational Technology, Grade 1, English Language Learners
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Lee, John K. – Computers in the Schools, 2012
In this study the authors investigate whether a whole-class educational blog could facilitate culturally relevant instruction and authentic intellectual work in U.S. history. Qualitative data were collected and analyzed that included student comments posted to an educational blog, classroom observations, and follow-up interviews. Based on the…
Descriptors: Assignments, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Prior Learning
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Felvegi, Emese; Matthew, Kathryn I. – Computers in the Schools, 2012
In this article the authors present a review of literature from multiple disciplines pertaining to using eBooks in the classroom in order to understand the underlying literacy and technology related issues and challenges. eBooks brought about changes in how students learn to read, and in how they read to learn. They require students to learn new…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Books, Electronic Publishing
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