A Taxonomy of Teacher-created Class Websites: Increasing the Educational Value of Class Websites
Lemoyne Dunn, Martha Peet, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Research shows that blended learning (the use of the Internet to enhance standard face-to-face classes) is an effective method of teaching. Even though most of the research is focused on post-secondary education, many K-12 teachers still have class websites. An examination of several existing sites prompted the development of a class website taxonomy. Almost all of the class websites reviewed fell into the lower three of the five levels of the taxonomy. Higher-level websites with 2-way communication and constructivist pedagogy were much rarer. Students today are technology-savvy and techno-dependent. Constant communication contact is their way of life. Failing to utilize this as a channel for learning is a waste. With little additional training, teachers could use higher-level interactive websites to engage students more deeply in the curriculum and enhance students’ problem-solving and communication. The purpose of the paper is to discuss the taxonomy and raise awareness of higher-level website uses.
Dunn, L. & Peet, M. (2010). A Taxonomy of Teacher-created Class Websites: Increasing the Educational Value of Class Websites. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 420-422). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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