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ERIC Number: EJ848666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1547-9714
Software for the Synergistic Integration of Science with ICT Education
Wu, Zhengyu; Glaser, Rainer E.
Journal of Information Technology Education, v3 p325-339 2004
The realization of information and communication technology (ICT) literacy is a global and complex objective. It has been argued that it cannot be accomplished by single-focused, stand-alone curricula. Instead, it has been recommended that ICT education be integrated into the instruction of other disciplines to effectively promote technical proficiency, discipline knowledge acquisition, and cognitive development. The "Chemistry Is in the News" ("CIITN") Project exemplifies this integration through the combination of advances in chemistry teaching, chemical informatics, and the educational use of ICT. "CIITN" is an innovative curriculum that aims at the development of scientific, ICT, and media literacy by the engagement of the students in learning activities that are based on authentic news media, that parallel the research process, and are conducted in collaborative groups. The "CIITN" activities consist of the study, creation, and peer review of online "CIITN" portfolios. A "CIITN" portfolio consists of an electronically published news article from the actual online media, interpretive comments, pertinent links, references to primary sources, and questions. The "CIITN" webtool is designed to minimize time and effort associated with non-intellectual and technical aspects of the "CIITN" project for both students and instructors. Combining the power of data integration provided by database management system technology with the real-time multi-user access functionality of the Internet, the "CIITN" webtool enables and guides student teams to create and submit group projects, access group projects created by other teams, and complete peer evaluations (both inter- and intra-group). The design of the "CIITN" webtool parallels and supports the functionalities defined and requested by the philosophical, pedagogical, and organizational foundations of the "CIITN" Project. The underlying ideas are transferable and the "CIITN" Project and "CIITN" webtool can easily be adopted by other academic disciplines at any educational level. A preliminary assessment of the webtool was performed and is reported. The authors will provide software and portal space on the authors' machine free of charge to readers of JITE. (Contains 6 figures and 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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