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Educational Technology Webibliography
Nicole McGee
EDUC 639
Dr. Courduff
Liberty University

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Emerging Educational Technologies
In this article multiple reports and research studies were reviewed and discussed
to identify any overlapping data between them. The author found that between the
Horizon Report and A Roadmap for Educational Technology that there were multiple
areas involving educational technology that were similar. The two main areas that were
focused on in the article were technology trends as well as technology challenges.
Both reports found that a common trend among educational technology involved
collaborating with peers, game-based learning concepts, as well as including tools and
technology that would be resources in the workplace. Technologies such as mobile
devices/tools, networking, and educational data mining were mentioned as becoming
common technologies in the classroom.
The challenges mentioned referred to economic pressures, and media
literacy. Economic pressures arise due to technology, which creates an increased need
for technology, as well as encouraging the trend of teaching and learning
anytime/anywhere. As for media literacy it is important that students develop the skills
and ability to find, use, interpret, modify, and create a variety of digital media (Spector,
2013, p22)
I found this article interesting, and for the most part spot-on about its predictions
for future use of educational technology. Since the 2011 Horizon Report was reviewed I
was able to reflect on the information provided to determine the validity of the report. I
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was impressed by what was reported and I have solidified my confidence in the yearly
Horizon Report.

Innovative Learning Techniques and Educational Technologies
This article reviews six articles that seem to involves two particular trends, game-
based learning/simulation, and open source (FLOSS) with a common theme of
collaboration. One article describes how game-based learning can be used in a
collaborative manner the design a multi-player game. When it came to the open source
trend, software engineering students role played and used particular FLOSS projects as
I found the article clear, concise, and to the point about each article. It made it
easy for me to quickly read about the article to determine which one(s) I would like to
read further. This is nice when I only have a limited amount of time, but would like to
stay as current as possible on different technologies that can be used in the classroom.

Technology in Educational Practice
This article discusses how a school in Maryland uses technology to foster their
vision for their students. At Jemicy School educational technology is being explored in
many facets of the classroom. From using SmartBoard tools to make simple workbook
exercises more interactive, to using technology to be a paleontologist by being involved
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in a mock dig for dinosaur fossils. Jemicy uses technology to create multi-sensory
activities that fall in line with their VKAT (visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and tactile) form
of teaching, as well as cross-curricular lessons. Through there iGel program students and
staff are involved in a different level of thinking that can only be thanks, not only to great
planning, but also to the innovation of technology.
This article fueled a fire for me. This is something I would love to work towards
with a classroom of my own. Not only using technology to foster creative thinking as
well as higher levels of thinking, but also having cross-curricular tie ins. Ive learned
from personal experience that having those cross-curricular ties are something that can be
incredibly beneficial for the student(s).

Educational Technology, Reimagined
In this article the words education and technology are explored. Many people in
todays society believe these two words have an equal counterpart, education=classroom,
technology= desktop computer. The author points out how superficial these words are,
and how educational technology should go beyond the brick and mortar walls. The
author states that educational technology activities that are designed for children should
encourage and foster creativity, enginuity, analyzation, reflection to cultivate an interest
that will last their entire life.
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This is another article that lights a fire and makes me want to go back in time so
that I can start incorporating some of the mentioned activities in my classroom
yesterday. It never occurred to me how educational technology is defined by the general
society, but after it was brought to light I wonder how I ever missed it. It is interesting
how this author chose to address technological activities and incorporate things like paper
and scissors. Until I read this article I hadnt given much thought to using typical
classroom materials in junction with technology.

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and the
In this book authors Collins and Halverson discuss the path in which education is
taking our schools. Most learning, specifically technological learning, occurs outside of
schools. The book shows statistics that show if public school education does not change
its ways, then many brick and mortar schools will lose that battle against such schooling
as distance education or home schooling. There is a transition towards technology, much
like the transition to what we now know as traditional classrooms from apprenticeships
that occurred during the 19th century. Collins and Halverson state many
incompatibilities that are keeping schools from making the transition to a technology
driven classroom. From standardized test to shifting to a learning by doing mindset, the
common theme seems to be creating a customized learning environment for each student,
which can be provided by the use of technology.

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This book presented so many interesting points, and having the data to back up
what was being said just made that much more of an impact. I could see using something
like this to back up any encouragement I have to incorporating more technology into the
classroom. Something that seemed to stay with me was basically if schools can not
successfully integrate technology then they are no longer a school, and the only students
learning will be the wealthy ones who can learn outside of school. That seems to be a
hard hitting statement, and something that any educator should shudder at when reading
it. Thats one of the basic rights as a U.S. citizen, to provide free and appropriate
education to children. If technology is what can ensure that we stay in the business of
that, then what is keeping so many schools from grabbing a hold of technology and never
letting go?

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Spector, J. M. (2013). Emerging educational technologies and research directions.
EducationalTechnology & Society, 16(2), 21+. Retrieved from
Cordeiro, J., & Helfert, M. (2013). Innovative learning technologies and educational
technologies.Education and Information Technologies, 18(2), 271-274. Retrieved
Shifrin, B. (2010). Technology in educational practice. Perspectives on Language and
Literacy, 36(3), 31. Retrieved from
Eisenberg, M. (2010), Educational technology, reimagined. New Directions for Youth
Development, 2010: 25-33. Retrieved from
Collins, A. & Halverson, R. (2009). Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The
Digital Revolution and the Schools. New York: Teachers College Press.