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The Effects of Technology on Students’ Learning in Math: A Meta-analysis

A colleague of mine, Dr. Qing Li of the University of Calgary, along with Dr. Xin Ma, just had an article published in the journal Educational Psychology Review titled A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Computer Technology on School Students’

Posted in computers, edtech, education, embodiment, technology, theory, Uncategorized

Voicethread presentations on teaching & learning

Students in my advanced instructional design course (login as guest) created some narrated presentations in VoiceThread at the end of the semester.  They are on topics related to faculty development, teaching and learning, multimedia, etc.: Service Learning How People Learn

Posted in edtech, education, learning sciences, teaching, Uncategorized, usu

Notes for a new open access educational journal

I had some thoughts for a new open educational journal last week, especially in light of the discontinuation of the Innovate journal.  I even tested out Google Knol as a hosting platform.  It allows for open peer review and more

Posted in edtech, learning sciences, research, theory, Uncategorized

Educational Research Blogs, Twitterers

The research blogging awards were just announced, listing the top blogs and twitterers who share info about the latest research.  There isn’t even a category for educational research, however. I was going to list my own top ‘educational research’ bloggers,

Posted in edtech, education, research

The Digital Natives / Digital Immigrants Distinction Is Dead, Or At Least Dying

I guess I never blogged this before, but I keep seeing references to the 10 year old distinction between digital natives vs. digital immigrants as it relates to educational technology.  This is the idea that “kids today” are born in

Posted in children, edtech, education, technology

Need Much Much More “D” in Education R & D

I already blogged about this matter 3 years ago in a post entitled “The State of Educational Research & Development.” But a few recent things made me think of it again: @newsweek tweeted for us to tell them our thoughts

Posted in development, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, research, software, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

Teaching IS Technology: A Little Philosophy of Technology & Media Theory

There often seems to be a tension between teachers and new technologies. It helps me to step back and think about technology more broadly. Almost 20 years ago I first ran across a book by Don Ihde, philosopher of technology,

Posted in computers, edtech, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology, theory

50 Examples of the Need to Improve College Teaching

Three years ago when I started to look for a faculty position I began paying closer attention to research on college teaching. The picture is not so good. I kept a folder filled mostly with negative examples of college teaching

Posted in edtech, education, learning sciences, research, teaching

Presentation: Using a Concept Inventory to Inform the Design of Instruction and Software

Here is the abstract and the slides for a talk I’m giving today at the Rocky Mountain ASEE Conference. The 2008 ASEE paper I refer to in the presentation was discussed in an earlier post: Developing a Concept Inventory. I

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The State of Ed Tech Funding for Schools

Recently, it was announced that schools would receive $650 million for educational technology (Internet access, computers, etc.). That seems like a lot, but consider however that in 2002 the ed tech budget was $700 million. And since there are over

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