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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Imperative of Technology
in 21st Century Literacy

January 24, 2005
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session explores the value of educational technology through a panel discussion, hands-on activities, and project demonstrations. After the presentation, participants will have a number of criteria to evaluate the value of educational technology. Participants will leave the presentation with suggestions on how to impact local support to promote educational technology. This session was developed by The Imperative of Technology in 21st Century Literacy Learning Team.



Michigan Education Policy Fellowship program

Freedom to Learn

Education Technology Organizations


Consortium for School Networking

International Society for Technology in Education



CITE Journal

eSchool News

ISTE Washington Notes


Policy or research Organizations

Citizens Research Council

Michigan State University’s Education Policy Center

Pew Internet & American Life Project





TCEA (Texas)

FETC (Florida)



Michigan Electronic Library

Michigan Teacher Network


MDE Tech Plan

School Interoperability Framework Association



State Educational Technology Directors  Association

Network of Regional Technology in Education Consortia


January 24 Session Schedule

Team Members

1:00 - 1:05    Introductions

Scott Bryan


Dolores Dawson

1:05 - 1:15    Pre Test

Dennis Dunlap


Gail Lewis

1:15 - 2:05    Ed Tech 101

Shawn Massey


Mike Porter

2:10 - 2:20    Break

Michelle Ribant

2:20 - 2:40    Drop into Class

Harvalee Saunto

Video to Brimley Mi

Leslie Wilson

2:40 - 3:40    Panel Discussion



Panel Members

3:40 - 4:00    Question and Answer with Panel

Bill Hamilton


Ric Peterson

4:00 - 4:10  Break  "Network with Speakers"

David Seitz

4:10 - 4:40    Technology Advocacy 101



Advocacy Moderator

4:40 - 5:00    Post Test / Wrap up / Evaluation

Ric Wiltse














Below you will find items posted by the team for discussion during creation of this learning unit.  Some items were used directly and others became information the team used to help frame positions.


They are not in any order of importance, but mostly in the order submitted to the team list server


Submitted by Dennis

Gray Presentation

Learning Pyramid

Engagement Principals


Submitted by Gail is a link to the report prepared by Dr. Chris Jernstadt of Dartmouth College in evaluation of the three year program VanAndel Education Institute ran at Alger Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Dr. Jernstadt is the Director of the Center for Educational Outcomes. It shows that at the end of the three years, changes were beginning to take place. This lends credibility to our assertion that programs need to go on for at least 5 years before real changes take place. It also points to the importance of sustainability past the 3-5 year mark. This report is a large file and loads a little slowly

Submitted by Scott

"Here is a link to two articles by the same author.  In 1999, he wrote an article discussing the 5 myths about how technology can impact education, and in 2004, he revisited his paper and reflected on where we've come."

If at all possible, I recommend that everyone read this article, and I'll nominate it for consideration for required reading for our project.  It talks about educational research & what ED requires as "Scientifically based research",

Submitted by Gail Lewis

Studies validate laptop programs in U.S., Canada

Wireless Writing Program 

Submitted by Leslie:

Boston Globe Article Framingham State University

Submitted by Leslie:

Student technology use Powerpoint ( In web format)

Submitted by Leslie:

When Each One Has One: The Influences on Teaching Strategies and Student Achievement of Using Laptops in the Classroom

Submitted by Mike:

TechTonic: Toward a New Literacy of Technology (Large 660k)

The three central arguments of this report:

1. Our children face a daunting technological frontier of irreversible changes in human biology and the world's ecology. They need a radically different kind of technology education to make wise choices in such a future.

2. Children's lives are increasingly filled with screen time rather than real time with nature, caring adults, the arts, and hands-on work and play. Yet only real relationships, not virtual ones, will inspire and prepare them to protect the Earth and all that lives on it.

3. There is scant evidence of long-term benefits—and growing indications of harm—from the high-tech life style and education aggressively promoted by government and business. It is time for concerted citizen action to reclaim childhood for children.

Submitted by Scott:

"key motivations" for Educational Technology. These come from Roblyer, M.D. (2003).

Submitted by Scott:

Pew Internet - The Digital Disconnect: The widening gap between

Internet-savvy students and  their schools (8/14/2002):

(AIR study, a couple of the DC cohort work there)

Submitted by Scott:

The Internet and Education: Findings of the Pew Internet & American

Life project (9/1/2001):

Submitted by Scott:

Computers and Student Learning: Bivariate and Multivariate Evidence on the Availability and  Use of Computers at Home and at School. (This is the actual report upon which the BBC article Mike forwarded & the Christian Science Monitor is based.)  They say that figures don't lie, but liars figure...see, I can't get past the negative thoughts about this article :-)

One of the Pew articles *might* be a candidate for prior reading.  I think the stats report may be a bit dry to call "required reading", but it's worth us being familiar with anyway.  We might quote it and other "negative research" during our presentation.

Submitted by Scott:

Here's an eSchoolNews article that discusses top trends in Ed Tech spending as projected by Quality Education Data Inc, International DataCorp, and Market Data Retrieval:

There are some good stats here that I'm thinking about for the Show our Warts section: ~$7 billion next year (with a B) projected for hardware, software, and infrastructure, to match the same amount spent this year.  Interesting breakdowns on the different sorts of technologies being implemented in schools.  This will also help us define technology beyond just computers.  Hope it's useful!








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