Look at the links below to review current research in the field of educational technology.
"Born To Be Wired" Internet Study from Yahoo! Learn how teens and young adults view the Internet and what they're looking from when using this technology.
A Framework for Considering Technology's Effectiveness in Education. This review gives an overview of research on the impacts of technology in three areas of focus: basic skills instruction, the development of higher-order thinking skills, and in support of what have been called information age skills. It also describes research on the effectiveness of distance education.
The research review was conducted by Kathleen Fulton, Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Educational Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education Committee on Technology in Education 1999-2003. Reprint permission granted to Indiana Department of Education, December, 1998.
Getting Help from Home. As you launch into a new school year, don't forget one of your most important resources for student success: parents! Take a lesson from NEA members who know: Parents aren't just for permission slips anymore.
An excellent summary of how a school in Florida created a strong relationship between the school and the families it serves.
Internet Domain Name System Explained The Domain Name System (DNS) helps users to find their way around the Internet. Every computer on the Internet has a unique address – just like a telephone number – which is a rather complicated string of numbers. It is called its "IP address" (IP stands for "Internet Protocol").
National Education Technology Plan The National Education Technology Plan was officially released at a launch event on Friday, January 7th, 2005. Read the remarks given by Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Director of Education Technology Susan Patrick.
No Child Left Behind - Enhancing Education through Technology The primary goal of this part is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary schools and secondary schools.
The additional goals of this part are the following:
(A) To assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finishes the eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location, or disability.
Parent Involvement in Education This article begins by citing research which indicates that while educators may be aware that parental involvement increases student achievement, changes in social structures and economic pressures have limited the amount of time some families can devote to school involvement. To help ease the stress of time restraints, teachers are increasingly using email, classroom websites, and other tools to keep parents informed of their child's progress.
The Answer to Effective Parent Communication. This article describes a teacher's efforts to improve parent communication through use of the Internet and a classroom website. He concludes, "The classroom Web site has been the best communication tool that I have used."
The Effects of a Teacher-Created Web Page on Parent Communication. The purpose of this study was to determine how a teacher-created web page affects the overall communication among students, parents and teachers. The study found that web-based communication has a positive impact on parent communication and gives suggestions to creating effective web-based communication.
What Parents Expect from their Children's Schools This article releases the results of several studies conducted to learn if parents are more willing to communicate with their children’s schools using up–to–date technology and if schools have made an effort to meet parent’s expectations. Includes good data.
Why We Must Decommit to Gobbledygook. This article stresses the importance of clear communication with parents that is free of jargon.