i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology (JSCH)


Volume 2 Issue 1 June - August 2006

Article

Inventing To Learn

Ed sobey*
President, Northwest Invention Center Director, Asian Institute of Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Ed sobey (2006). Inventing To Learn. i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1),21-25. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.865

Abstract

A method of instruction is presented in which learners construct their own understanding by engaging in experiments directed to solving specified problems. The method is based on how successful inventors learn and create new inventions.

Article

Technology Education: Craft, Creativity, Textbooks or Technology

Ossi Autio*
Senior Lecturer in Technology Education at the Univeristy of Helsinki.
Ossi Autio (2006). Technology Education: Craft, Creativity, Textbooks or Technology. i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1), 26-30. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.866

Abstract

Changes in the economy, nature, production and society together with increasing scientific and technological knowledge make demands of transforming school teaching in the field of technology education. This article analyses current trends in Finnish technology education. The aim of the article is to explore briefly the integration between Science - and Craft education and some of the current practices in technology education in Finland. Finnish technology education can be characterized as a design approach that has evolved from the craft-oriented tradition. Additionally, it involves many elements of computer controlling and electronic principles, but still much of the learning is focused on production skills. Approaches that are now dominant in craft education do not prepare students to meet the challenges of modern technology and working life.

Article

Problem of Curriculum Implementers and Classroom Learning Environment in a Developing Country

Adeyanju L.J*
Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University lle lfe- Nigeria.
Adeyanju L.J (2006). Problem of Curriculum Implementers and Classroom Learning Environment in a Developing Country. i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1), 31-37. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.867

Abstract

Nigeria is a developing country with problem of curriculum development and implementation. Her contact with colonial masters and their educational system is responsible for that state. It is felt that children are being educated outside their culture rather than in their own environment. The paper touches on the tasks faced by the curriculum developers; it highlights the effects and problems of implementation and the role of university education in bringing about desired improvement.

Article

Using Open Source Software (OSS) To Enhance a Teacher Training Program

Lee Allen*
University of Memphis Memphis.
Lee E. Allen (2006). Using Open Source Software (OSS) To Enhance a Teacher Training Program. i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1),38-41. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.868

Abstract

The Memphis Literacy Academy (MLA) is a partnership between the Memphis City Schools and The University of Memphis' College of Education, with the primary focus on urban education. The purpose of the MLA is to train elementary teachers and principals in urban schools in grades K-3, and special education classrooms from selected Memphis schools on research-proven “comprehensive reading” instruction practices for urban children (Cooter, 2004).The principal investigators for the grant funding the MLA partnership incorporated a technology component to support, enhance, and facilitate communications for the MLA program. Several options were researched before a decision was made as to the nature and purpose of the technology to be incorporated into the MLA program. After exploring numerous avenues to accomplish the technology component integration, the decision was made by the MLA project members to utilize the open-source software (OSS) course management platform, Moodle.

Research Paper

Teaching of Mathematics: Way Forward

Taqadus * , Pervez A. Shami**
*Foundation University, Islamabad
**Director General, Academy of Educational Planning and Management, Islamabad
Taqadus Bashir and Pervez A. Shami (2006). Teaching of Mathematics: Way Forward. i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1), 2-46. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.869

Abstract

This paper describes the results of a research study focusing quality improvement in mathematics education and promotion with the use of mathematics laboratory. The primary purpose was to assess the perception of teachers regarding the teaching method through activities and the subsequent need for the mathematics laboratory in schools. This experience has been advocated by the authors to modify the teaching style in mathematics teaching and to identify equipment and materials for mathematics laboratories to provide a more effective teaching learning environment through the Science Education Project-II in Pakistan.

Research Paper

Intervention That Adds Up: The Impact of Merit Software on Standardized Achievement Test Scores of Middle School Students

Samuel Securro* , Jerry Dale Jones**, Danny Cantrell***, James Mickey****
*, ** Professor of Education Marshall University Graduate College. West Virginia
***Project Evaluation Coordinator West Virginia State University Institute,West Virginia
****Principal ,Horace Mann Middle School West Virginia
Samuel Securro, Jerry D. Jones , Danny Cantrell and James Mickey (2006). Intervention That Adds Up: The Impact of Merit Software on Standardized Achievement Test Scores of Middle School Students.i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1), 47-53. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.870

Abstract

The “No Child Left Behind” Act mandated the need for research-based interventions to increase and to improve learning and achievement for all youngsters. Research in computer-based instruction and intervention for learning basic skills and related achievements in content area subjects has documented the need for controlled investigations of such software and how it may improve the learning and performance of youngsters, and particularly for those who are in the “lower quartile” of school achievement. Although the current study focused on the effects of Merit Mathematics software on the achievement of middle school youngsters, effects of the treatment is also included for social studies, science, and reading/LA as measured by the state-mandated testing program in West Virginia (WESTEST).A pre to post analysis was performed using a t-test for dependent samples to measure the overall differences in WESTEST mean scores from pre to post conditions for each of the four content areas, and results were statistically significant for all four WESTEST mean score pairs (p .000, SPSS Version 13.0). Effect size measures revealed the following magnitude of change: Mathematics (.844); Reading/LA (.223), Science (.132), and Social Studies (.166). The effect size of .844 for Mathematics is an extremely large value, indicating a very substantial difference (increase) in these scores from pre to post. Two socioeconomic factors (ethnicity and eligibility for free lunch) were incorporated into the study to determine if these factors affected the outcomes. Inspection of independent test results were insignificant, indicating that ethnicity and free lunch were not major factors in the overall outcomes.

Research Paper

Curriculum Connections: Linking Literature and Math

Michelle Pasko*
Faculty of Mathematics, Maryland.
Michelle Pasko (2006). Curriculum Connections: Linking Literature and Math.i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1), 54-68. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.871

Abstract

Action research involving curricular integration of Math and reading is described in a personal account. Research supporting the benefits of subject integration is illustrated. An Action Research project in a third grade classroom of 26 participants was designed to determine and analyze students' connections between math and literature. The research project entailed journals to record connections and teacher's reflections of her students' ability to integrate math and literature and the effects on students' learning and motivation. The teacher's reflection of a positive teaching experience is portrayed. A list of books used in action research project is given.

Research Paper

Impact of Curriculum Strategies in Ameliorating Communicative Skill in English

Singaravelu*
Lecturer, Department of Educational Technology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.
Singaravelu G (2006). Impact of Curriculum Strategies in Ameliorating Communicative Skill in English.i-manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 2(1),59-62. https://doi.org/10.26634/jsch.2.1.872

Abstract

The Study investigated the problems of the students in improving communicative skill in English at standard VII and found the impact of creative competency (new curriculum strategy) to eliminate the problem of it. Eighty eight subjects were involved in the study. Achievement test was considered as instrumentation for the study. Creative competency strategy in the curriculum of English is more effective than traditional curriculum strategy in learning communicative skill.