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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom.

But a mountain of evidence indicates that teachers have been painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology into their classrooms.

Personalized Learning and Digital Natives

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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By Dr. Amy Burkman
Program Director, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, American Public University System

Technology plays a vital role in the learning process for today’s K-12 students.  These digital natives have used technology since infancy to play games, watch videos, and interact with family.  There are even apps for infants and toddlers, like Baby’s Musical Hands, Monkey’s Preschool Lunchbox, and Ewe Can Count, for Apple and Android devices, Baby’s Musical Hands and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox!

Influence of Technology in School Counseling

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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By Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff, Dr. Susan Foster Ebbs, and Dr. Marie Isom
Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff is the Program Director for the M.Ed. in School Counseling at American Public University. Dr. Susan Foster Ebbs and Dr. Marie Isom are faculty members in the School of Education at American Public University.

Whether it is a quick text message to a friend, a post on a social media site, or a job related task, technology is firmly embedded in today’s culture. 

What Makes a Good Online Instructor?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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By Dr. Conrad Lotze
Dean, School of Education, American Public University

What  qualifications and characteristics are key to being  a good online instructor?

In order to evaluate candidates for online faculty positions, I typically ask myself a series of questions:

  • Do they possess the requisite content knowledge and degree necessary for the position? 
  • Do they have knowledge and experience in pedagogy or andragogy, that is, the science and art of teaching children and adults, respectively?

The Benefit of Adding Virtual Field Trips to Online Biology Courses

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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By Dr. Tricia Keiter
Associate Professor, School of Science and Technology at American Public University

Traditionally, introductory college biology courses have been structured in a manner such that the student is introduced to basic terminology and concepts by means of standardized textbooks, lab experiments and examination-based assessments. At American Public University System, we desire to make the biology experience much more engaging for our students, and we will be doing this by way of incorporating virtual field trips into the curriculum.

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