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Demski, Jennifer – Campus Technology, 2012
Finally--12 years into the 21st century--higher ed classrooms are turning into incubators for the kind of learning environment that curriculum and instructional technology experts have advocated for years. Yet a key question remains: Can legacy learning management systems (LMSs) be dragged into the 21st century as part of this new educational…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Higher Education, Integrated Learning Systems
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
Educators have known for some time now that a one-size-fits-all approach to learning does not lead to the level of student engagement and academic success that schools strive to achieve. In their search for a more customized approach to delivering instruction, they've explored project-based learning, addressed different learning styles, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Projects, Academic Achievement, Active Learning
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
During what might have in the distant past been called "quiet time" in Arlene Anderson's fourth-grade classroom, many of her students are glued to their netbooks. The intense, enthusiastic focus and the hushed chatter amongst the students are all about high scores and strategy. Students are revising and editing their writing assignments within a…
Descriptors: Writing Achievement, Educational Technology, Writing Skills, Writing Processes
Demski, Jennifer – Campus Technology, 2012
Journalism today--like almost every other profession--has been revolutionized by technology. And just as the workplace has changed, so too must the teaching spaces in which the next generation of professionals will be trained. When renovating their campuses to meet these 21st century needs, many administrators will be tempted simply to bulldoze…
Descriptors: Journalism, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Educational Innovation
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
When one thinks of 21st century schools, one thinks of geometric modern architecture, sustainable building materials, and high-tech modular classrooms. It's rare, though, that a district has the space or the money to build that school from the ground up. Instead, the challenge for most is the transformation of the 20th century architecture to…
Descriptors: Architecture, Educational Technology, Educational Facilities Design, Building Design
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2012
The conventional wisdom in education is that any school reform--be it curriculum, instruction, assessment, or teacher professionalism--is most likely to take hold in schools that have strong leadership. The same holds true for technology. The most successful implementation of technology programs takes place in schools where the principal sees him…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Principals, Educational Change, Leadership
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2011
In this article, the author features Computers for Youth (CFY), a nonprofit organization that provides computers, software, and training to sixth-grade students and their families at low-income schools. Founded in 1999, Computers for Youth works with low-income schools to put computers in the homes of sixth-grade students and bring parents into…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Low Income Groups, Access to Computers, Disadvantaged Schools
Demski, Jennifer – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Faced with meager enrollment in band, orchestra, and choir programs, schools are using digital technology to excite students about creating music on today's terms. This article discusses how music educators reinvent their profession by acknowledging and incorporating the way students interact with music today--digitally. Bill Evans, a music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Singing, Musical Instruments, Computer Software
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2011
Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Comal Independent School District (ISD) in New Braunfels, Texas, are pioneers in the incorporation of mobile devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch in the English language learner (ELL) classroom. Though it's too soon to collect significant quantitative data regarding the…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, School Districts, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2010
Ten years into the new century, people are still trying to find the web 2.0 tools that best facilitate collaboration--one of the fundamentals of 21st century learning. As the number of tools continues to grow, and fuzzy terms like "cloud computing," "hashtags," and "synchronous live platforms" are introduced into the lexicon daily, even the most…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Virtual Classrooms, Educational Environment, Educational Technology
Demski, Jennifer – Campus Technology, 2010
As higher education budgets tighten in the ongoing recession, colleges and universities have found themselves questioning, lengthening, and even eliminating tech refresh cycles. Yet how deep an institution cuts into its refresh program can compromise its ability to provide an up-to-date and competitive computing environment for students and a…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Cost Effectiveness, Information Networks, Technology Planning
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2010
The new faces on the help desk are younger, work for cheap, and may be the tech savviest in the building. This article describes how two IT training programs are teaching students valuable technology skills while providing schools with a much-needed lift to their troubleshooting teams. The programs--Generation YES and Mouse Squad--put students at…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Information Technology, Elective Courses
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2010
Moving from a traditional desktop computing environment to a virtualized solution is a daunting task. In this article, the author presents case histories of three districts that have made the conversion to virtual computing to learn about their experiences: What prompted them to make the move, and what were their objectives? Which obstacles prove…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Client Server Architecture, Computer Simulation, Data Collection
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2009
Algebra, geometry, earth science, physics--these require patience and perseverance to master. That kind of academic stamina is hard to advertise to kids nurtured on the instant engagement and gratification of modern digital technology. And there's little hope they'll be sustained by an intrinsic interest in math and science; they have to be shown…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Technology Education
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Demski, Jennifer – T.H.E. Journal, 2009
This article discusses how craft innovative architecture is bringing form to the function of 21st-century learning. It describes the construction of New Tech High at Coppell, in Coppell, Texas, which produces an example of how workplace design principles can be coordinated with modern educational goals. The campus was built on the model of New…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Technology, High Schools
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