Innovations in Science and Mathematics Education: Advanced Designs for Technologies of Learning

Innovations in Science and Mathematics Education: Advanced Designs for Technologies of Learning

Innovations in Science and Mathematics Education: Advanced Designs for Technologies of Learning

Innovations in Science and Mathematics Education: Advanced Designs for Technologies of Learning

Synopsis

The uses of technology in education have kindled great interest in recent years. Currently, considerable resources are being expended to connect schools to the Internet, to purchase powerful (and increasingly affordable) computers, and on other implementations of educational technologies. However, the mere availability of powerful, globally-connected computers is not sufficient to insure that students will learn--particularly in subjects that pose considerable conceptual difficulties, such as in science and mathematics. The true challenge is not just to put the newest technologies in our schools, but to identify advanced ways to design and use these new technologies to advance learning. This book offers a "snapshot" of current work that is attempting to address this challenge. It provides valuable and timely information to science and mathematics educators, educational and cognitive researchers, instructional technologists and educational software developers, educational policymakers, and to scholars and students in these fields.

Excerpt

There has been, of course, great interest in recent years in the uses of technology in education, and currently considerable resources are being expended to connect schools to the Internet, purchase powerful (and increasingly affordable) computers, and so on. However, the mere availability of powerful, globally connected computers is not sufficient to insure that students will learn, particularly in areas that pose considerable conceptual difficulties such as in science and mathematics. The true challenge is not just to put advanced technologies in our schools, but to identify advanced ways to design and use these new technologies to enhance learning. The chapters in this volume represent a snapshot of current work in the field that is attempting to address this challenge.

We hope that this book will be provide valuable and timely information to a wide range of individuals, including science educators, educational and cognitive researchers, educational and instructional technologists, educational software developers, educational policy makers, and the general public. We also expect that this book will prove a suitable supplemental text in undergraduate and graduate level courses dealing with educational technologies, science education, and applied cognitive studies.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We express our thanks to the Allison∼CLoBue Group, L.L.C., Learning and Performance Support Laboratory (LPSL) at the University of Georgia, and SRI International for their support during the preparation of this book. We are indebted to Alex J. Angulo for his commendable editing and editorial assistance on the chapters in this volume. Also, Kirstin Hierholzer provided helpful editing assistance on earlier versions of the chapters. Finally, we would like to thank Naomi Silverman, Nadine Simms . . .

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