The Emerging Use of E-Learning Environments in K-12 Education: Implications for School Decision Makers

The Emerging Use of E-Learning Environments in K-12 Education: Implications for School Decision Makers

Christopher O’Mahony (Saint Ignatius’ College, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-494-1.ch033
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Virtual learning environments (VLEs) and managed learning environments (MLEs) are emerging as popular and useful tools in a variety of educational contexts. Since the late 1990s a number of ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions have been produced. These have generally been targeted at the tertiary education sector. In the early years of the new millennium, we have seen increased interest in VLEs/MLEs in the primary and secondary education sectors. In this chapter, a brief overview of e-learning in the secondary and tertiary education sectors over the period from 1994 to 2004 is provided, leading to the more recent emergence of VLEs and MLEs. Three models of e-learning are explored. Examples of solutions from around the world are considered in light of these definitions. Through the case of one school’s journey towards an e-learning strategy, we look at the decisions and dilemmas facing schools and school authorities in developing their own VLE/MLE solutions.

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Editorial Advisory Board
Ann Borda, Jonathan P. Bowen
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
Chapter 1
Yin Cheong Cheng
This chapter introduces a new paradigm of learning and teaching that aims to develop students’ contextualized multiple intelligence (CMI) and create... Sample PDF
New Paradigm of Learning and Teaching in a Networked Environment: Implications for ICT Literacy
Chapter 2
Agni Stylianou-Georgiou, Charalambos Vrasidas, Niki Christodoulou, Michalinos Zembylas, Elena Landone
This chapter describes how new technologies are challenging the traditional concept of literacy and redefining its meaning. New genres of texts... Sample PDF
Technologies Challenging Literacy: Hypertext, Community Building, Reflection, and Critical Literacy
Chapter 3
Jared V. Berrett
This chapter is written to provide a framework for understanding perspectives on technology literacy and how it might be taught in the K-12 setting.... Sample PDF
Technological Literacy, Perspectives, Standards, and Skills in the USA
Chapter 4
Leonard J. Waks
The problem of technology has, since 1970, been radically altered by the global spread of market economies and networked computers. As a result, the... Sample PDF
Globalization, At-Risk Students, and the Reconceptualization of Technological Literacy
Chapter 5
Aidan Mulkeen
This chapter considers how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used to achieve educational value in schools, and encourages... Sample PDF
ICT in Schools: What is of Educational Value?
Chapter 6
Wan Ng
This chapter consolidates information regarding the role of technology in K-12 education, including policies related to it at a global level, the... Sample PDF
Web-Based Technologies, Technology Literacy, and Learning
Chapter 7
Helen Nixon, Stephen Atkinson, Catherine Beavis
This chapter uses the case of students enrolled in the Multimedia Pathway offered by Harbourside High School to discuss the tensions and... Sample PDF
New Media Pathways: Navigating the Links between Home, School, and the Workplace
Chapter 8
Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Tomas A. Lipinski
This chapter presents a case study of research conducted in the state of Wisconsin, USA, on the awareness of and knowledge surrounding ethical and... Sample PDF
Responsible Technologies and Literacy: Ethical and Legal Issues
Chapter 9
Cushla Kapitzke
This chapter uses Ulrich Beck’s (1992) concept of Risk Society to contextualize the current ‘youth problem’ and the emergence of the techno-genre... Sample PDF
Internet Chatrooms: E-Space for Youth of the Risk Society
Chapter 10
Roger Austin, John Anderson
This chapter examines the place of information communication technology (ICT) in re-schooling; the authors discuss what re-schooling means and use... Sample PDF
Re-Schooling and Information Communication Technology: A Case Study of Ireland
Chapter 11
Colin Baskin
This chapter begins with four very public examples of how K-12 education providers across Australia are attempting to assimilate new teaching and... Sample PDF
Transforming the K-12 Classroom with ICT: Recognizing and Engaging New Configurations of Student Learning
Chapter 12
Marcie J. Bober
Evaluating the impact of technology infusion is fraught with challenges. In this chapter, the author argues that the variance in evaluation rigor... Sample PDF
The Complexities of Measuring Technological Literacy
Chapter 13
Chee-Kit Looi, Wei-Ying Lim, Thiam-Seng Koh, Wei-Loong David Hung
There has been increasing interest in issues of sustainability and scalability concerning educational innovations and reforms. In Singapore, the... Sample PDF
Systemic Innovations and the Role of Change-Technology: Issues of Sustainability and Generalizability
Chapter 14
Christopher Essex
This chapter describes how digital video (DV) production can be integrated into K-12 education. It describes how recent technological developments... Sample PDF
Digital Video in the K-12 Classroom: A New Tool for Learning
Chapter 15
Ann E. Barron, J. Christine Harmes, Katherine J. Kemker
Laptops and other ubiquitous devices in the classroom provide powerful opportunities to integrate technology as a classroom tool that supports... Sample PDF
Technology as a Classroom Tool: Learning with Laptop Computers
Chapter 16
Mark van ‘t Hooft
This chapter describes the integration of handheld computers in K-12 classrooms and its impact on digital literacy. Following a brief description of... Sample PDF
Tapping into Digital Literacy: Handheld Computers in the K-12 Classroom
Chapter 17
Virginia E. Garland
Wireless technologies have transformed learning, teaching, and leading in K-12 schools. Because of their speed and portability, laptops, planners... Sample PDF
Digital Literacy and the Use of Wireless Portable Computers, Planners, and Cell Phones for K-12 Education
Chapter 18
Susan E. Gibson
This chapter introduces the WebQuest as one means of addressing effective technology use for developing digital literacy skills at the K-12... Sample PDF
Using WebQuests to Support the Development of Digital Literacy and Other Essential Skills at the K-12 Level
Chapter 19
David A. Huffaker
This chapter introduces the use of blogs as an educational technology in the K-12 classroom. It argues that blogs can be used to promote verbal... Sample PDF
Let Them Blog: Using Weblogs to Advance Literacy in the K-12 Classroom
Chapter 20
Steven C. Mills
Today’s students must think critically and analyze and synthesize information so that they can recognize the technical, social, economic, political... Sample PDF
Information Problem-Solving Using the Internet
Chapter 21
Moti Frank
This chapter reviews the benefits and challenges of five approaches for integrating technology and teaching. Three of the models involve distance... Sample PDF
How to Teach Using Today's Technology: Matching the Teaching Strategy to the E-Learning Approach
Chapter 22
Allan Yuen, Patrick Wong
The focus of computer literacy in education has evolved from teaching computer programming to integrating information and communication technology... Sample PDF
Integrating Computer Literacy into Mathematics Instruction
Chapter 23
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
This study explores the experiences of a secondary school in Singapore which was the first to introduce Tablet PCs to the entire cohort of its... Sample PDF
Teaching and Learning with Tablet PCs
Chapter 24
Lyn C. Howell
This chapter describes a children’s book project in which high school students used technology to create e-books for younger students. The benefits... Sample PDF
Using Technology to Create Children's Books for Students by Students
Chapter 25
Stephenie M. Hewett
The use of electronic portfolios for students as an assessment tool is explored in this chapter. Portfolios have expanded from use in the arts and... Sample PDF
Electronic Portfolios and Education: A Different Way to Assess Academic Success
Chapter 26
Karen Cadiero-Kaplan
This chapter focuses on the pedagogy necessary in critically considering technology development for K-12 teachers and their students’. Three key... Sample PDF
Teachers and Technology: Engaging Pedagogy and Practice
Chapter 27
Kristina Love
Midway through the first decade of the new millennium, teachers are still facing considerable challenges in dealing with the complex forms of... Sample PDF
Literacy in K-12 Teacher Education: The Case Study of a Multimedia Resource
Chapter 28
Paul Adams
This chapter introduces constructivism as a pedagogical construct from which educational professionals might begin to analyse new technology... Sample PDF
Demystifying Constructivism: The Role for the Teacher in New Technology Exploiting Learning Situations
Chapter 29
Kendall Hartley
This chapter will describe the realities of K-12 classroom practice and how this compares to common tenets in the field of instructional design.... Sample PDF
K-12 Educators as Instructional Designers
Chapter 30
Tamara L. Jetton, Cathy Soenksen
The authors of this chapter describe a project in which a university education professor and a high school English teacher redesigned the curricula... Sample PDF
Creating a Virtual Literacy Community between High School and University Students
Chapter 31
Chris Brook, Ron Oliver
This chapter reports a design framework intended to support and guide teachers in advancing K-12 literacy through principles of collaborative... Sample PDF
Online Learning Communities: Enhancing Learning in the K-12 Setting
Chapter 32
Lee Tan Wee Hin, Thiam-Seng Koh, Wei-Loong David Hung
This chapter reviews the current work in knowledge management (KM) and attempts to draw lessons from research work in situated cognition about the... Sample PDF
Knowledge Management, Communities of Practice, and the Role of Technology: Lessons Learned from the Past and Implications for the Future
Chapter 33
Christopher O’Mahony
Virtual learning environments (VLEs) and managed learning environments (MLEs) are emerging as popular and useful tools in a variety of educational... Sample PDF
The Emerging Use of E-Learning Environments in K-12 Education: Implications for School Decision Makers
Chapter 34
Charoula Angeli, Nicos Valanides
We live in a world that is constantly impacted by information and communication technology (ICT). ICT is considered an important catalyst and tool... Sample PDF
A Socio-Technical Analysis of Factors Affecting the Integration of ICT in Primary and Secondary Education
Chapter 35
Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, Ingrid Schaller, Dale O. Gable
All U.S. states have standards that require the inclusion of technology into the classroom (Rodriguez & Pelaez, 2002; Abdal-Haqq, 1995; Wright... Sample PDF
Teaching English as a Second Language with Technology: Making Appropriate Pedagogical Choices
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