January 2010

Archive for January, 2010

Is Educational Technology Good For You?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I am very fortunate to be teaching an online course on educational technology use in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (SMET) fields. The main reason I am so intrigued by this course (in addition to the topic itself)  is that I have a very interesting group of students involved who not only have extensive teaching […]

Educational Technology? Are we talking about the same thing?

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

I just read a very interesting discussion in my ETEC 533 class: Technology in science and mathematics teaching. The discussion revolved around the analysis of an interview with a high school teacher who was discussing how he uses technology in his classes. While listening to the interview with this teacher I noticed that he uses […]

Computers Make Kids Smarter – Right?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The title of this post is taken from an almost 12-year old  paper by Heather Kirkpatrick and Larry Cuban [1]. In this paper the authors asserted that the common sense wisdom that computers make kids smarter  was unwarranted. Based on the paper, in 1998 there was no sufficient reliable empirical evidence to claim that investing […]

The Problem with Education Today is Not What We Know but Rather Too Much of What We Know isn’t So

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I just read an excellent paper about the validity of what we know about the Learning Styles Hypothesis and I strongly recommend it to others (Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. (2009). Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9(3), 105-119.) The reason I think the paper is […]

comPADRE Digital Library

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education. Each of our collections contain materials designed for a specific community. Browse below to find a collection right for you. A few words about comPADRE and the impact on WWW on improving […]

A Class Without Walls: Can Technology Make a Difference

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This is a very interesting link to the Guardian: . The paper describes the use of mobile technologies in British Schools. You will also find related links on the site. Although it is not a research paper, it is worth paying attention at. In general look at the Guardian: .

Real Life Data Collection and Analysis for Science and Mathematics Courses

Monday, January 11th, 2010

As we are discussing the implications of technology on science teaching, I would like to describe briefly my experiences with using data collection and analysis technology, such as LoggerPro in my classes ( This technology can help you change how you teach science and what you students learn in your science classes. I started using […]

Reading the Research Literature Tip

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

I was planning not to post over the weekend, yet something important came to mind, I would like to share with you. As I was reading papers today, I realized that there is another strategy that helps me remember what I am reading about. This will be not a surprise to you – summarize the […]

Reading and Managing Your Research Literature

Friday, January 8th, 2010

If you are a graduate student in the field of education, you are probably assigned to read hundreds of papers a term (considering you are enrolled into multiple courses). This must be hard, especially considering that the goal of the reading is to extract relevant and interesting ideas out of this literature and to make […]

Tablet Computers in Science and Mathematics Education

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Yesterday in my ETEC 533 Course we had an interesting discussion about using tablets in science teaching. I know that today tablets are not very common in high schools and universities, yet only recently we could not even imagine that computers would become ubiquitous, while today many students have their own laptops. So I am […]

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