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Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2011
21st Century students need a complex set of skills to be successful in a digital environment. Digital literacy, similar to traditional definitions of literacy, is a set of skills students use to locate, organize, understand, evaluate and create information. The difference is that it occurs in an environment where a growing set of digital tools…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Computer Literacy, Academic Standards
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Zhang, Shenglan; Duke, Nell K.; Jimenez, Laura M. – Reading Teacher, 2011
This article introduces a framework designed to improve students' awareness of the need to critically evaluate websites as sources of information and to improve their skill at doing so. The framework, called the WWWDOT framework, encourages students to think about at least six dimensions when evaluating a website: (1) Who wrote this and what…
Descriptors: Credentials, Control Groups, Grade 5, Internet
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Beach, Richard; Doerr-Stevens, Candance – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2011
Social networking sites may include argumentative writing about particular issues in which participants adopt competing perspective and discourses on those issues. This study examined roles and discourses adopted by high school students participating in an online role-play conducted on a Ning platform regarding their school's Internet policies on…
Descriptors: High School Students, Persuasive Discourse, School Policy, Administrative Policy
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Ahn, June – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2011
Social network sites (SNSs) like Myspace and Facebook are now popular online communities with large teenage user populations. Teens use these technologies to interact, play, explore, and learn in significant ways. As scholars become interested in studying these new online communities, I contribute to the emerging conversation by re-examining…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Social Networks, Internet, Adolescents
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Kleemans, Tijs; Segers, Eliane; Droop, Mienke; Wentink, Hanneke – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2011
The present study investigated the differences in learning gain when performing a WebQuest with a well-defined versus an ill-defined assignment. Twenty boys and twenty girls (mean age 11; 10), attending a special primary education school, performed two WebQuests. In each WebQuest, they performed either a well-defined or an ill-defined assignment.…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Elementary School Students, Special Education, Special Needs Students
McVerry, J. Gregory – Educational Technology, 2011
In today's classrooms, students now turn to the Internet as their primary source of information, though the common belief in the idea that "digital natives" can easily traverse a landscape littered with misconceptions, multiple perspectives, and competing ideas has large implications in the classroom. Research into students reading multiple online…
Descriptors: Criticism, Primary Sources, Internet, Misconceptions
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Sotiriou, Sofoklis; Bogner, Franz X.; Neofotistos, George – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
A quantitative method of mapping the web usage of an innovative educational portal is applied to analyze the behaviour of users of the COSMOS Science Education Portal. The COSMOS Portal contains user-generated resources (that are uploaded by its users). It has been designed to support a science teacher's search, retrieval and access to both,…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Use Studies, Usability
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Petrucco, C. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2011
Building ontology in the domain of human sciences can be a difficult process because of the different meanings given to the same key concepts in these disciplines: in fact, shared meaning is an important element in knowledge construction between members of a community. In this paper, we propose a participatory social environment called…
Descriptors: Expertise, Communities of Practice, Social Environment, Teacher Education
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Waters, John K. – T.H.E. Journal, 2011
It has been 41 years since the late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson launched the first nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment, known as Earth Day. The event was a national "teach-in" about environmental causes, and it is widely considered the spark that ignited the modern environmental education movement. Within months,…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Educational Resources, Conservation (Environment), Energy Conservation
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Pearson, Nancy Guillot – English Journal, 2011
The key to establishing a defense against plagiarism is understanding the reasons that students engage in the process in the first place. Many students enter new grade levels academically unprepared for new challenges. When students encounter gaps between knowledge and the expectations of the classroom, some engage in unethical practices to propel…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Plagiarism, Intellectual Property, Internet
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Zelkowski, Jeremy – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2011
This article justifies classifying the TI-Nspire CAS Touchpad as a mobile device for grades 8-16 mathematics classrooms equipped with a Navigator system. The 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 indicates virtually every secondary school aged child has some sort of mobile device. Yet, many school policies ban the use of mobile devices, preventing students…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Time on Task, Classroom Techniques
Gallant, David T. – School Business Affairs, 2011
Almost everyone uses social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. Since Facebook is the most popular site in the history of the Internet, this article will focus on how one can protect his/her personal information and how that extends to protecting the private information of others.
Descriptors: Privacy, Internet, Web Sites, Social Networks
LaFee, Scott – School Administrator, 2011
It's said that buried in every journalist is a novel waiting to be written. Something similar seems to apply these days to school administrators, particularly superintendents. Not a novel, perhaps, but some kind of writing, from book to blog. The urge might be personal, but more and more, writing from a school executive's point of view has become…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Superintendents, Internet
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Musante, Susan – BioScience, 2011
Originally designed for K-12 teachers, the Understanding Evolution (UE) Web site ("") is a one-stop shop for all of a teacher's evolution education needs, with lesson plans, teaching tips, lists of common evolution misconceptions, and much more. However, during the past five years, the UE project team learned that…
Descriptors: Evolution, Elementary Secondary Education, Misconceptions, Internet
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Tingen, Jennifer; Philbeck, Lauren; Holcomb, Lori B. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2011
Classroom Web sites have the potential to support and enhance student learning by targeting 21st century skills, such as collaboration among teachers, students, parents, and other teachers, media literacy, and interpersonal and self-directional skills, as well as thinking and problem-solving skills. Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, vokis, and podcasts…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Media Literacy, Internet
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