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Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual

2004 Volume 2004, Number 1

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Number of articles: 17

  1. Children’s Models of the Internet

    AnnBritt Enochsson, Karlstad University, Sweden

    This article will show how children (9-12 years old) describe the Internet in terms of different models. It is related to how they understand the reliability of the Internet as well as some other... More

    pp. 5-23

  2. Using Multimedia to Enhance Problem-Based Learning in Elementary School

    Joerg Zumbach, Daniel Kumpf & Sabine Koch, University of Heidelberg, Germany

    Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a contemporary teaching approach that has become increasingly applied way of academic education since its beginnings in the 1960s. Its popularity has grown since it ... More

    pp. 25-37

  3. Using Technology in Early Childhood Environments to Strengthen Cultural Connections

    Mikki Meadows, Eastern Illinois University, United States

    This article will discuss the use of technology with young children to strengthen cultural connections. A brief discussion of the use of technology in the field of Early Childhood Education and a... More

    pp. 39-47

  4. Childhood Violence Prevention Education Using Video Games

    Leonard Fontana, Broward Community College, United States; Adela Beckerman, Nova Southeastern University, United States

    This article describes a project that incorporated interactive technology to teach violence prevention knowledge and skills to second grade students. The educational video games presented lessons... More

    pp. 49-62

  5. Spinning Yarns Around the Digital Fire: Storytelling and Dialogue Among Youth on the Internet

    David Huffaker, Georgetown University, United States

    This article explores the importance of dialogue, storytelling and collaboration in children's learning, followed by examples from message boards, webblogs, and instant messaging software (IM) that... More

    pp. 63-75

  6. Toddler Techies: A Study of Young Children’s Interaction with Computers

    Kirsten Ellis & Kathy Blashki, Monash University, Australia

    This article describes an ethnographic study of children's behavioural interaction with multimedia within a familiar context. The rationale for such a study was to provide data and evaluation of... More

    pp. 77-96

  7. Computers for Cognitive Development in Early Childhood—The Teacher’s Role in the Computer Learning Environment

    Ofra Nir-Gal & Pnina S. Klein, Bar Ilan University, Israel

    This study was designed to examine the effect of different kinds of adult mediation on the cognitive performance of young children who used computers. The study sample included 150 kindergarten... More

    pp. 97-119

  8. Computer Availability and Use by Young Children in Childcare Settings

    Sylvia Martin & Terri Forsbach-Rothman, Monmouth University, United States; Caroline Crawford, University of Houston-Clear Lake, United States

    Technology integration into the early childhood environment provides learning opportunities that promote self-directed learning and interaction with peers for young children with disabilities. This... More

    pp. 121-134

  9. Increasing Computer Use in Early Childhood Teacher Education: The Case of a “Computer Muddler”

    Karl F. Wheatley, Cleveland State University, United States

    How broadly will computers be used in PK-12 teaching? Reform efforts have often succeeded in getting many teachers to experiment in modest ways with some aspects of those reforms, although often... More

    pp. 135-156

  10. Composition Instruction: Using Technology to Motivate Students to Write

    Anthony Daniels, Washtenaw Community College, United States

    The study investigated the motivational effects of computer technology on writing instruction and performance of 5th-grade students. The participants (students and instructors) were engaged in... More

    pp. 157-177

  11. Learning to keyboard: does the use of keyboard covers make a difference?

    Lois Nichols, University of Maryland, United States

    Third and fourth grade students (N=84) were randomly assigned by class to either covered or uncovered keyboards. All students received 30 minutes of keyboarding instruction for four weeks. Analysis... More

    pp. 175-185

  12. Changes in 4th-Graders’ Computer Literacy as a Function of Access, Gender, and Race

    Steven Hackbarth, New York City Schools, United States

    This is the third in a series of studies examining young students' attitudes toward and knowledge about computers. Data were collected at the end of students' third and fourth grade academic years ... More

    pp. 187-212

  13. Online Learning and the Younger Student—Theoretical and Practical Applications

    Ann Musgrove, Florida Atlantic University, United States; Glenn Musgrove, Broward Community College, United States

    The student population that is targeted for online learning has expanded to younger students. This article discusses the theory and practice of using online learning with K-5 students. When trying ... More

    pp. 213-225

  14. Conditions that Inhibit the Integration of Technology for Urban Early Childhood Teachers

    Christopher Shamburg, New Jersey City University, United States

    This article summarizes a formative evaluation of a two-year project to provide professional development in technology for urban early childhood teachers. The researcher collected and analyzed... More

    pp. 227-244

  15. Early Childhood Teacher Preparation and Technology Integration: The Arizona State University West Experience

    Michael Kelley, Keith Wetzel, Helen Padgett, Mia Kim Williams & Mary Odom, Arizona State University West, United States

    Over the past 6 years, Arizona State University West (ASU West), located in Phoenix, Arizona, has developed an Early Childhood program that features curricula based on the National Education... More

    pp. 245-260

  16. Assessing the Use of Input Devices for Teachers and Children In Early Childhood Education Programs

    Eileen Wood, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada; Teena Willoughby, Brock University, Canada; Alice Schmidt & Lisa Porter, University of Waterloo, Canada; Jacqueline Specht, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Jessica Gilbert, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    The impact of four computer input devices (mouse, EZ ball, touch pad, touch screen) for 81 preschoolers (ranging from 34 to 78 months of age) and 43 early childhood educators (mean age was 29 years... More

    pp. 261-280

  17. Virtual Museum Learning

    Dominic Prosser, University of Exeter, United Kingdom; Susan Eddisford, Tiverton Museum & University of Exeter, United Kingdom

    This paper examines children's and adults' attitudes to virtual representations of museum objects. Drawing on empirical research data gained from two web-based digital learning environments. ... More

    pp. 281-297