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Multimodality In The Science Classroom: A Focus On Multimedia Representations And How Students Learn, Natalie Suflita Dec 2012

Multimodality In The Science Classroom: A Focus On Multimedia Representations And How Students Learn, Natalie Suflita

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The element of active student engagement is one crucial facet to effective pedagogy. The use of technology and other media in the classroom has been researched but the impact of its efficacy is still in question. The fusion of technology into students’ social lives is undeniably on the rise and this mode along with other complementary media has the potential to positively impact both student engagement and learning, as exposed here through the vehicle of science instruction.


Use Of Computer Technologies In Supporting 3rd Graders' Literacy Development, Nicole M. Pensgen Dec 2012

Use Of Computer Technologies In Supporting 3rd Graders' Literacy Development, Nicole M. Pensgen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Over the past decade school districts across the country have been trying to find ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. With the new initiatives of state and federal lawmakers, the push for this integration is greater now more than ever. As teachers across the nation try to fulfill this requirement, they are looking for ways to do this throughout the school day. Some of the ways educators are incorporating technology into their instruction is through the use of Internet websites and program software. While websites and programs seem like a wonderful idea to engage students in daily learning, there ...


Alternative Strategies For Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore Dec 2012

Alternative Strategies For Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Underachievement in mathematics is an ongoing issue in schools across America. Many students, beginning at the elementary level, are not motivated in mathematics and perform poorly. Part of the reason for this problem may be due to poor attitudes towards mathematics and poor teaching strategies in mathematics. In order to begin to remedy this problem of poor mathematics motivation and achievement, elementary teachers need to be aware and implement the best teaching practices. Research validates the best teaching practices of games, use of manipulatives, real life application, differentiated instruction, and integrating technology into mathematics instruction.

Once aware of the best ...


Meaningful Use Of Animation And Simulation In The Science Classroom, Kevin T. Swain Dec 2012

Meaningful Use Of Animation And Simulation In The Science Classroom, Kevin T. Swain

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Science classes should place a strong emphasis on incorporating educational technologies, such as animations, interactive computer programs and various other technologies into the classroom. The use of animations and computer based simulations throughout instruction increases student understanding and achievement (Rosen, 2009). The use of educational technology in the science classroom, not only helps with student understanding of content, but also positively impacts students’ engagement in lessons and their attitudes towards learning (Shu-Nu, Yau-Yuen & May, 2009).

Studies have shown that instruction in a science classroom should incorporate students being actively engaged in the material in order for maximum achievement to occur ...


Developing Epistemological Values In Students Using Microsoft Excel(R) As A Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck Dec 2012

Developing Epistemological Values In Students Using Microsoft Excel(R) As A Software-Based Support Tool, David L. Peck

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project addresses student epistemological values through technology and independent laboratories. The literature provides evidence that students show greater learning when they are prompted to reflect and develop these epistemological values (Davis, 2003 Demetriadis et al., 2011; Edelson & Kyza, 2005; Reiser & Sandoval, 2004). Furthermore, in conjunctions with research that supports prompting, other research advocates for the development and use of more modern technologies (Edelson & Kyza, 2005; Keengwe et al., 2008; Kuhn, 2001; Maddux, 1998). As such, my culmination project consists of two virtual “lab notebooks.” These notebooks are made using Microsoft Excel® and consist of several quasi-intelligent macros that not only provide instant feedback, but also help guide students through the experimental process in a way akin to inquiry. While a completed series of these notebooks ...


Electronic Books And Emergent Literacy Development, Joseph G. Juzwiak Dec 2012

Electronic Books And Emergent Literacy Development, Joseph G. Juzwiak

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As we move further into the 21st century and beyond, the push to integrate technology into classrooms is becoming ever more apparent. Government is now moving towards making this integration a requirement through state and nationwide initiatives. As teachers scramble to become familiar with new and improved technological resources, many are turning to electronic books (e-Books) to meet their needs. While e-Books seem to be a logical source as they are essentially electronic versions of the paperback texts we already know and love, there seems to be a growing concern amongst researchers in the field as to their effectiveness ...