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Review of Articles
Jessica M Hamm
Regent University

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The first article I have chosen was an article that analyzed survey results from teachers
with regards to specific resources that a technology coach could provide within a virtual
environment (SOURCE). A virtual technology coach was proposed as a possible solution to
provide continual professional development for teachers to support their technology integration
efforts. The results of the survey indicate that a virtual technology coach is considered valuable. I
also believe that acquiring a technology coach would be wise and useful for many teachers and
students.
I agree with this article because I think this could be a valuable resource, but not needed
forever. I think the coach should be expendable, only needed for a certain amount of time to
coach. When I was in high school SMART Boards were coming more and more common. The
school provided separate seminars for students and teachers to help them learn about the new
technology. I thought it was great and I would like there to be technology coaches while I am
teaching.
The second article I read was a two year case study where iPod touch devices were given
to the teachers and students. The one year results concluded that “…teachers had very positive
perceptions toward using iPod touch and found ways to incorporate the device in their daily
teaching activities as well as home assignments” (SOURCE). The iPods helped support language
and content learning, provided differentiated instructional support, and extended learning time
from classroom to home.
Along with the positive, there were some negatives. Some problems included,
“significant amount of time required of the teacher to learn to use the iPod touch, finding

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appropriate apps, developing lessons that would integrate the mobile devices, managing the
devices by charging, synching, downloading, and updating, and dealing with technical problems”
(SOURCE). Throughout the program, there were several devices that were broken. I think this is
a great idea overall. We are using current technology and it showed improvement. I would like to
have something like this in my classroom.
The third article explored the use of social networking tools, such as MySpace, Google +,
Facebook and Twitter, in K-12 education. This article cover four main questions about the social
networking tools including, “what are the benefits and pitfalls of using social networking tools in
P-12 education, how do we plan effectively for the use of social networking tool, what role does
professional development play in navigating this challenging issue, and what role does educator
preparation play in developing tech savvy educational teacher leaders” (SOURCE).
This article had many lists of advantages and disadvantages of using each of the media.
Their conclusion was that we do need to move forward along with the culture. If the world is
changing, it would be ignorant to not progress. “Educators have always found ways to reach their
students; although the approach may seem scary and unfamiliar we can utilize these tools”
(SOURCE). This article also showed us how to use the SIMPLE Model which will help me as a
teacher to incorporate technology into my lesson plans. I want to be able to relate to my students
and engage and peak their interests.

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References:

BENEFITS AND PITFALLS: SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF SOCIAL
NETWORKING TOOLS IN K-12 EDUCATION. (2013). Education, 134(2),
154-160.
Min, L., Navarrete, C. C., & Wivagg, J. (2014). Potentials of Mobile Technology for K-12
Education: An Investigation of iPod touch Use for English Language Learners in
the United States. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 17(2), 115-126.
Sugar, W., & Tryon, P. (2014). Development of a Virtual Technology Coach to Support
Technology Integration for K-12 Educators. Techtrends: Linking Research &
Practice To Improve Learning, 58(3), 54-62. doi:10.1007/s11528-014-0752-7