Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Publications in IDT: IT Journal Review

After perusing Instructional Journals Technology & Magazine website, I discovered that the “hot” topics mostly relate to anything new in the field. Educational Technology Magazine, and The International Journal of Instructional Media fit this description. Web 2.0 – a.k.a “Berners-Lee’s concept of a Read/Write Web is a collaborative medium, a place where we could all meet and read and write. This is a technology that most students are using as a social communication tool, but can be transformed into a powerful teaching tool in the classroom. A blog “is an easily created, easily updateable website that allows an author to publish instantly to the internet from any internet connection.” As used in this class, a blog can be used to communicate with parents and students about upcoming events, homework, or any general questions. A wiki “is a website where anyone can edit anything anytime they want” and students can use this tool to work cooperatively with others. A webquest “is a computer-based teaching and learning model in which learners are actively involved in an activity or situation and use the Internet as a resource.” Teachers can use this tool to post research assignments and provide students with the web sources necessary to complete the task successfully. Equally important is current research on existing and up-and-coming programs in addition to effective strategies for educators, school leadership or where appropriate. If we were to have a conference, we would have to research the latest trends and development in instructional materials, including how to apply those mentioned above, and excellent speakers who can demonstrate practical application in the classroom or world of business.

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