Planning for Two Transformations in Education and Learning Technology
Report of a Workshop
Roy Pea, Wm. A. Wulf, Stuart W. Elliott, and Martha A. Darling, Editors
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Planning for two transformations in education and learning technology : report of a workshop / Committee on Improving Learning with Information Technology ; Roy Pea ... [et al.] editors.
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COMMITTEE ON IMPROVING LEARNING WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
ROY PEA (Cochair),
School of Education, Stanford University
WM. A. WULF (Cochair),
National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC
Project LemonLINK, Lemon Grove, CA
EDWARD R. DIETERLE II,
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Apex Learning, Bellevue, WA
LOUIS M. GOMEZ,
School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
AMY JO KIM,
There, Menlo Park, CA
EDWARD D. LAZOWSKA,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
New Canaan, CT
JAMES W. PELLEGRINO,
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois-Chicago
onCourse, Washington, DC
MARSHALL S. SMITH,
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, CA
New Media Innovation Center, Vancouver, BC
Chicago Public Schools
LINDA S. WILSON,
International SEMATECH, Austin, TX
MARTHA A. DARLING, Special Consultant
KEVIN AYLESWORTH, Study Director,
Center for Education (until September 2002)
STUART W. ELLIOTT, Study Director
JAY B. LABOV, Deputy Director
GAIL PRITCHARD, Program Officer (until March 2002)
DOUG SPRUNGER, Program Associate
TINA WINTERS, Research Assistant
TERRY HOLMER, Senior Project Assistant
CHRISTINE R. HARTEL Director,
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
TIMOTHY READY, Program Officer
HERBERT S. LIN, Senior Scientist,
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
The Committee on Improving Learning with Information Technology (ILIT) would like to thank the many people who made our work possible. Our sponsor, the U.S. Department of Education, provided generous support to the project. Numerous presenters and participants at the project’s January 2001 workshop (see National Research Council [NRC], 2002b) shared their insights about the use of information technology to improve learning and the nature of the committee’s task. The participants in the December 2001 and January 2003 workshops (listed in Appendix C) provided stimulating conversation that is reflected throughout this report and greatly contributed to the work of the committee. At the December 2001 workshop, thought-provoking presentations were made by Tom Landauer, University of Colorado; Marlene Scardamalia and Chris Teplovs, University of Toronto; Susan Goldman, University of Illinois at Chicago; Bernard Dodge, San Diego State University; Randy Hinrichs, Microsoft Research Lab; Joseph Krajcik, University of Michigan; Doug Kirkpatrick and Marcia Linn, University of California at Berkeley; and Eliot Soloway, University of Michigan. In addition, there were numerous people involved in technology demonstrations for Knowledge Forum, Little Planet Literacy Series, WebQuest, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE), Science Laboratory of the Center for Highly Interactive Computing (hi-ce), and probeware for the iPaq. In conjunction with the workshop, the committee conducted site visits at Adobe,
Scientific Learning, New Tech High School, Apple Computer, and Sun Microsystems, which included discussions with many people at those organizations. At the January 2003 workshop, in addition to a number of presentations by members of the committee, there were insightful discussions by Darryl LaGace, Lemon Grove School District in California; Steve Rappaport, Advanced Networks and Services; Cheryl Lemke, Metiri Group; Wanda Bussey, Rufus King High School; Geneva Henry, Rice University; Robert Tinker, Concord Consortium; Nora Sabelli, SRI International; Milton Goldberg, National Alliance of Business; and Terry Rogers, Advanced Network and Services.
At the NRC, the committee would like to thank Kevin Aylesworth, who was study director until September 2002, for his able guidance of this project. Upon Kevin’s departure, Stuart Elliott stepped into the position and helped the committee complete its work. Jay Labov, deputy director of the Center for Education (CFE), provided general oversight throughout the project. Martha Darling, special consultant, provided extensive assistance in planning and carrying out the January 2003 workshop and helping draft this summary report. Herbert Lin, senior scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board in the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences and Christine Hartel, staff director, and Timothy Ready, program officer, both of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, provided additional guidance and perspective from their respective communities. Terry Holmer, CFE senior project assistant, provided critical logistical coordination of the workshop and committee meetings. Gail Pritchard, CFE program officer, Doug Sprunger, CFE program associate, and Tina Winters, CFE research assistant, provided important research and organizational support during the evolution of the committee’s work.
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Stephen C. Ehrmann, The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group, Takoma Park, MD; John Jungck, Beloit College, Beloit, WI; Nora Sabelli, Center for Technology and Learning, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA; Lee S. Sproull, Stern School of Management, New York
University; Ronald Stevens, University of California, Los Angeles; and James Yao, College Station, TX.
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Nicholas J. Turro, Columbia University. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
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