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Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration

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The application of technology in classroom settings has equipped educators with innovative tools and techniques for effective teaching practice. Integrating digital technologies at the elementary and secondary levels helps to enrich the students’ learning experience and maximize competency in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration focuses on current research surrounding the effectiveness, performance, and benefits of incorporating various technological tools within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classrooms. Focusing on evidence-based approaches and current educational innovations, this book is an essential reference source for teachers, teacher educators, and professionals interested in how emerging technologies are benefiting teaching and/or learning efficacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board
  6. List of Reviewers
  7. Foreword
  8. Preface
    1. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS (STEM)
    2. TECHNOLOGY AS A DOORWAY TO THE FUTURE
    3. WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY?
    4. CHALLENGES
    5. POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS
    6. IMPETUS FOR THE BOOK
    7. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
  9. Acknowledgment
  10. Section 1: Teaching and Learning in STEM
    1. Chapter 1: Using Technology to Enhance Science Literacy, Mathematics Literacy, or Technology Literacy
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DIGITAL GAMES
      5. THE STUDY
      6. FINDINGS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. NEXT STEPS
      9. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 2: Media Literacy as a Pathway to Bridge the Digital and STEM Divides
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE AS A VEHICLE FOR MEDIA LITERACY
      4. THE CAM AND LOCC PROJECTS
      5. IMPLEMENTATION STAGES OF MEDIA PROJECTS
      6. EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTEREST DRIVEN MEDIA PROJECTS
      7. FOCUS ON TWO HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 3: Sounding Out Science
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE
      3. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
      4. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
      5. RESEARCH DESIGN
      6. DATA COLLECTION METHODS
      7. DATA ANALYSIS
      8. RESULTS
      9. DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS
      10. IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSION
      11. REFERENCES
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      13. APPENDIX 1
      14. APPENDIX 2
      15. APPENDIX 3
      16. APPENDIX 4
    4. Chapter 4: Promoting English Language Acquisition in Secondary Mathematics through Dialogic Integration of Instructional Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DIALOGIC INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. RESULTS
      7. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      10. APPENDIX
    5. Chapter 5: Examining the Levels of Reasoning Used by Urban Elementary Black Girls Engaging in Technology-Enhanced Inquiry
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. METHOD
      5. FINDINGS
      6. DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      11. APPENDIX 1
      12. APPENDIX 2
      13. APPENDIX 3
      14. APPENDIX 4
      15. APPENDIX 5
    6. Chapter 6: Motivating Inquiry-Based Learning Through a Combination of Physical and Virtual Computer-Based Laboratory Experiments in High School Science
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONTEXT OF THAILAND SCIENCE EDUCATION
      4. THEORITICAL BACKGROUND
      5. THE STUDY
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. Chapter 7: The Power of Computational Modeling and Simulation for Learning STEM Content in Middle and High Schools
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND AND RELATED LITERATURE
      4. PROJECT OVERVIEW
      5. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND QUESTIONS OF THE STUDY
      6. METHODOLOGY
      7. THE CONTEXT OF THE STUDY
      8. FINDINGS
      9. DISCUSSION
      10. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      11. REFERENCES
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      13. APPENDIX A
    8. Chapter 8: Visualizing Condensation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. AN INVESTIGATION OF USING ANIMATION-DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY IN CHEMISTRY CLASSES
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      9. REFERENCES
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  11. Section 2: Real-World Contexts for STEM
    1. Chapter 9: STEM Learning in Middle Grades by Technology-Mediated Integration of Science and Mathematics
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. WHY INTEGRATE SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL?
      4. INTEGRATION TOOL OF CHOICE: INSPIREDATA
      5. THE INTEGRATION PEDAGOGY OF PROJECT SMILE
      6. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN INTEGRATION PEDAGOGY
      7. THE CONTEXT AND PARTICIPANTS OF PROJECT SMILE
      8. IMPACT OF PROJECT SMILE
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      11. REFERENCES
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 10: A Qualitative Study of Teachers' Understanding of Sustainability
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
      6. LIMITATIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. APPENDIX 1: ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE
      10. APPENDIX 2: LINKS TO VIDEO CLIPS
    3. Chapter 11: Coupling Geospatial and Computer Modeling Technologies to Engage High School Students in Learning Urban Ecology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR TEACHERS
      7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      8. REFERENCES
      9. APPENDIX 1: INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
      10. APPENDIX 2: ASSESSMENT
    4. Chapter 12: Using Technology to Rethink the Intersection of Statistics Education and Social Justice
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. STATISTICAL INVESTIGATIONS TO PROMOTE SOCIAL JUSTICE
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
    5. Chapter 13: Using Authentic Earth Data in the K-12 Classroom
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH AUTHENTIC DATA
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      10. APPENDIX
  12. Section 3: Educational Technologies for Use in STEM
    1. Chapter 14: Exploring Physics and Technology
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      11. APPENDIX A: PhET PROJECTILE MOTION LESSON
      12. APPENDIX B
      13. APPENDIX C: FINAL TASK – STUDENT DESIGNED EXPERIMENTS
    2. Chapter 15: Computer Programming in Elementary and Middle School
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. METHODS
      5. FINDINGS
      6. DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 16: Technology's Role in Supporting Elementary Preservice Teachers as They Teach
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. A TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTED FIELD-BASED PRE-SERVICE TEACHER MODEL
      5. INTEGRATED COMPONENTS OF THE TEACHER EDUCATION MODEL ENHANCED BY TECHNOLOGY
      6. PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
    4. Chapter 17: Technology-Assisted Formative Assessment
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. TECHNOLOGY ASSISTED RICH TASKS
      5. TECHNOLOGY ASSISTED FORMATIVE FEEDBACK
      6. RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 18: Using Reason Racer to Support Argumentation in Middle School Science Instruction
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE INSTRUCTIONAL USE OF GAMES
      4. SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENTATION
      5. REASON RACER AS A PART OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE INSTRUCTION
      6. ISSUES, CONTROVERSIES, PROBLEMS
      7. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      11. REFERENCES
  13. Compilation of References
  14. About the Contributors