DAMSALS2 ITEST Project--Technology Infused Science Set in the Local Environment
Patty Watts, Michael Camille, Charlotte Owens, University of Louisiana at Monroe, United States ; Rhonda Christensen, Gerald Knesek, Theresa Overall, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The DAMSALS2 ITEST Project at University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is training teachers to provide students with technology skills needed to prepare them for technology intensive careers in agriculture. Eco-loggers, hand-held GPS units, and ArcView GIS software are incorporated in the project curriculum, which uses the local agricultural environment as a medium for delivery of science coursework. Lessons follow the learning cycle model of instruction utilizing hands-on components extended by information technology applications. Following the summer institute are weeklong technology camps with students in local school settings. During the academic year, participants are visited by project staff, attend monthly compressed video conferences, interact via Blackboard, and meet face to face each semester. Evaluation of the project consists of pre and post assessments of teacher and student attitudes, technology skills, and content knowledge.
Watts, P., Camille, M., Owens, C., Christensen, R., Knesek, G. & Overall, T. (2005). DAMSALS2 ITEST Project--Technology Infused Science Set in the Local Environment. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3775-3780). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).