Buried in Quals – mentoring, technology integration, and the sort

Hi folks,

Well, I’m buried in Quals here (Quals are kind of comprehensive exams for doc students). The good news is that I’ll be finished with these on Feb. 14 (barring the necessity of re-writes or, heaven forbid, failure). The bad news is that I’m stuck researching and writing for the next 3 weeks and I’m already burnt out on day 5!

I’ve undercovered some cool, one-stop resources in my research on teacher mentoring (not that they helped me on the current paper).

  1. Educational Technology & Society special issue on Integrating Technology into Learning and Working
  2. NCREL’s Professional Development Annotated Bibliography of Resources 2003
  3. edutopia’s section on Mentoring
  4. A group at Iowa State University put together A literature review of teacher technology mentoring

I thought that all of these helped me on my way somewhat. I still wish that I could find something that details, “What is technology integration?” OR even more importantly, “What is good technology integration?”.

I know that this is a tough question to answer and it doesn’t seem to have been answered (adequately) as far as I can tell. The question is tough to answer because it relies heavily on context. It’s kind of like the “best practices” holy grail. It may not exist. The best that I’ve gotten so far is that it is the use of technology to help students learn. Insightful, huh?

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