Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, November

A Guide to Online Fundraising: Maximize Your ROI with Web-Based Tools
The Internet is becoming the donors' medium of choice because it's quick and easy--its instantaneous nature means people are much more likely to turn their impulse into donations or raffle ticket purchases when online. However, knowing exactly how...
Elluminate Live: Real-Time Online Conference Rooms for Educators on the Move
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Drop 150 people from around the world--many with only emerging technology skills--into a real-time e-learning and Web conferencing room that uses chat, voice, video, and whiteboard text and graphics and one would think you...
Linux Makes the Grade: An Open Source Solution That's Time Has Come
In 2001, Indiana officials at the Department of Education were taking stock. The schools had an excellent network infrastructure and had installed significant numbers of computers for 1 million public school enrollees. Yet students were spending less...
Livening Up Foreign Language: Technology Enables Language Learning in Authentic Situations
Technology has long been associated with language learning: we're familiar with seeing children wearing headsets, reciting in unison recordings of Spanish or French vocabulary words. Nowadays, students can experience real life in real time across the...
March of the Penguins
When Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds, "the father of Linux," was playing with the idea of a mascot for his open source code, he came up with a penguin. His reasoning: " ... using something like a penguin gives people the chance to make modifications...
MINDSTORMS NXT: A Robot's Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste!
Children take to LEGO building blocks like markers to a whiteboard. Teachers have been quick to see the value of these toys for education, integrating the bricks in standards-based activities that teach mechanical engineering, renewable energy, math,...
Science, Math, and Technology: A Conversation with about Technology in K-12 Math and Science Education
Q. WHAT MAKES SENSE FOR K-12 DISTRICTS TO LOOK AT RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF TECHNOLOGY? A. There are two really important uses of technology that districts could be focusing on. One is interactive representation, where technology is used to visualize...
Second Earth: What Happens When the Virtual and Real Worlds Collide?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The World Wide Web will soon be absorbed into the World Wide Sim: an immersive, 3-D visual environment that combines elements of social virtual worlds such as Second Life and mapping applications such as Google Earth. A...
The Importance of Being "Clickable": An Online Presence Is Key to Being Relevant
prominent edublogger Will Richardson writes regularly about the value of having an online presence. As he notes, being "clickable" in today's day and age is increasingly important. Semantic Studios founder Peter Morville calls this idea "findability,"...
The Maine Event: At Mt. Abram Regional High School in Strong, Maine, the One-to-One Program Is Student Centered-And Student Initiated
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2003 Principal Jeanne Tucker's student advisory group wanted to look into laptops as their service-learning project. At the time, the state was in the beginning of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, which issued...
Virtual Learning 2.0: Professional Development Is a Whole New Ballgame for Educators Who Teach Online
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to the 2006 report Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, Funded by the North American Council For Online Learning and the K-11 online Connections: "... 38 states have now established state-led online learning programs,...