Debra Sprague

Debra Sprague
George Mason University | GMU · Division of Elementary, Literacy, Multicultural, and Secondary Education

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Publications (49)
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Using an online survey, this mixed-method study was designed to understand how college students responded to the transition at mid-semester to online learning from face-to-face courses due to a global pandemic. The student responses indicated that the transition was not successful. Students mentioned issues with the limitations of the online format...
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Panel presentation with authors from the book Championing Technology Infusion in Teacher Education
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Every new PK-12 teacher should learn how to select and use the most appropriate technology tools so they can become proficient in teaching with technology upon entry into the field. The 2017 United States Department of Education National Educational Technology Plan states that a one-shot approach (e.g., a single course in a teacher preparation prog...
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The specific and immediate goal of the Physical STEM+C project is to develop a STEM+C teaching program, which is fully online and geared toward educators in non-traditional subject areas at the upper elementary and middle school levels. The initial online modules are focusing on the integration of STEM+C in physical education.
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This research in this chapter highlights a self-study of three university faculty members who were aimed at improving the design of an Elementary Mathematics Technology Integration Course (EMTIC). The self-study used the faculty unique research lenses and expertise in mathematics education and educational technology to redesign the performance base...
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In the new National Education Technology Plan from U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, a claim is made that school districts cannot consistently count on teacher educators to help new teachers develop their ability to teach with technology. This panel presentation examines five innovative approaches to addressing this con...
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This research in this chapter highlights a self-study of three university faculty members who were aimed at improving the design of an Elementary Mathematics Technology Integration Course (EMTIC). The self-study used the faculty unique research lenses and expertise in mathematics education and educational technology to redesign the performance base...
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This mixed-method study explored a cohort of 18 preservice elementary teachers' perceptions of technology and their abilities to integrate technology in their teaching. Data sources included blog postings, a confidence survey, lessons plans and observations. Results showed a disconnect between the blog postings and confidence survey (their percepti...
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Flipping the classroom has gained much attention over the past couple of years. It involves using video and online technologies to provide the lecture portion of a lesson. Students view the online lecture for homework, while class time is spent engaged in applying what is learned from the lecture. By doing this, it is believed students become activ...
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Evidence-based reasoning is at the core of many problem-solving and decision-making activities in a wide variety of domains, including all natural sciences and engineering (e.g., for experimental methods), law, intelligence analysis, forensics, medicine, history, archaeology, and many others. However, many students lack the skills to develop sound...
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This mixed-method study explored a cohort of 18 preservice elementary teachers' perceptions of technology and their abilities to integrate technology in their teaching. Data sources included blog postings, a confidence survey, lessons plans and observations. Results showed a disconnect between the blog postings and confidence survey (their percepti...
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Challenging gifted students in regular classroom settings can be effectively accomplished through the use of innovative technology. This chapter explores the case of pre-service teachers addressing the needs of gifted students by differentiating curriculum using sophisticated technologies. Also considered are the technological tools that go beyond...
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The editors of leading educational technology journals are collaborating on ways to support the efforts of the next generation of researchers, working within the framework of the National Technology Leadership Coalition (http://www.NTLCoalition.org). The goal is to facilitate research that is needed to move the field forward and to influence decisi...
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At the 2010 National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS), participants were introduced to and explored the educational opportunities that digital fabrication offers. Efforts to infuse engineering principles into the K–12 curriculum make this topic particularly timely, and it is likely to become increasingly important and relevant to all our persona...
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One technology made possible through Web 2.0 is podcasting. Podcasts are audio, video, text, and other media files that can be played on the computer or downloaded to MP3 players. This article discusses how to create a podcast and ways to use this technology in education. Benefits and issues related to podcasting are also provided.
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This article suggests that online education is at the cusp of a period of dramatic change. That change will involve significant increases in the numbers of students and faculty who are involved in online education. Reasons for the change are explored and related research questions are presented.
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Current models of professional development have not been successful in helping teachers change their practice. To address this issue, online teacher professional development (oTPD) programs have emerged. Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, edited by Chris Dede, explores ten models of oTPD. The book also provid...
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A debate currently occurring in the research community centers around what qualifies as "high quality" education research. This discussion was prompted by the U. S. Department of Education's challenge to consider only "scientifically based research" in their funding and policies. This article outlines some of the issues related to this topic. It co...
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In September of 2005, the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University hosted a conference designed to explore online teacher professional development (oTPD). During the two day conference, the participants explored ten models of oTPD. The ultimate goal of the conference was to establish a research agenda for oTPD, as little is known about th...
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The spring 2005 edition of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) issued a call for a proactive approach to a research agenda in educational technology. This position paper was collaboratively authored by the editors of six educational technology journals working together under the auspices of the National Technology Leadership C...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of an online learning environment on student computer use, classroom/school activities, and parental involvement. An online learning environment was created with the goals of giving students access to a variety of software programs from home and school, facilitating home-school connectivity, and i...
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In 1990 Jerry and Dee Anna Willis founded the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) to provide an academic home for those working to integrate educational technology into teacher education. The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE) was subsequently established to support SITE. Jerry Willis took on the editors...
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In every aspect of our knowledge-based society, fluency in understanding complex information spaces is an increasingly crucial skill (Dede and Lewis, 1995). In research and industry, many processes depend on peolple utilizing complicated representations of information (Rieber, 1994). Increasingly, workers must navigate complex information spaces to...
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Describes the value of integrating technology with student-centered, meaningful, and engaging learning experiences based on constructivist theory. Topics include the role of the teacher; learning theory that underlies constructivism; examples of teachers using constructivist methods; the use of a personal digital assistant to chart students' progre...
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Belen Public Schools (New Mexico) received a Goals 2000 grant for teacher education and technology integration. The Belen Goals 2000 professional development project established two three-day teachers-teaching-teachers workshops. The first focused on using an integrated software package and the second focused on using e-mail and the Internet. Works...
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Describes implementation of a mentoring program to improve university faculty members' technology skills. Students in a graduate instructional technology course were paired with faculty according to students' computer skills and faculty members' needs. Surveys and student journals indicated that the program benefitted both groups, as students learn...
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George Mason University provides online courses for educators. One course encourages teachers to master the Internet as a tool and resource for classroom instruction. This paper describes course configuration and development based on feedback from teachers in Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany. Pilot course results indicate that in...
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Understanding how to leverage the features of immersive, three-dimensional (3-D) multisensory virtual reality to meet user needs presents a challenge for human factors researchers. This paper describes our approach to evaluating this medium's potential as a tool for teaching abstract science. It describes some of our early research outcomes and dis...
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Describes an online lesson-writing collaborative project between inservice and preservice teachers via e-mail. Results indicated no significant difference between the quality of lessons created by inservice and preservice teams as well as an improvement in the attitudes of preservice teachers about the possibilities of telecommunications for profes...
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Innovative uses of technology may require a revision of educational policy and practice if technology is going to have an impact on the educational system. In 1993 the University of New Mexico College of Education began a four semester in‐service graduate program to develop teacher knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that might assist the teacher t...
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An ongoing debate in the field of educational research compares the value, usefulness, and rigor of qualitative vs. quantitative research methods. For instance, the US Department of Education has argued for a 'gold standard' with randomized, controlled trials. They require such designs as entry qualification for their "What Works Clearinghouse" (ht...
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This paper presents the results of a mixed-method study of the High Touch Mentoring for High Tech Integration project at a suburban state-supported university. This three-year project was funded in part by the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Federal grant program. Participants were teacher education faculty (Faculty Partners),...

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