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Vol. X No. 1, Winter 2012 Journal

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Successfully Teaching with Humorous Videos: Videagogy
Dr. Peter M. Jonas, Ph.D.

Let’s Pre-Blog! Using Blogs as Prewriting Tools in Elementary Classrooms
Dr. Nicole Luongo, Ed.D.

What are the Effects of Utilizing Digital Games During Instruction?

Ryan Schaaf, M.S.Ed.

A Place for Wikipedia or Putting Wikipedia in its Place
Sarah Baker

The Numeric Language of Music, Music Education Primer Course
Patty Carlson

The Benefits and Administration of Alternate Assessments
Pamela Johnson, M.S.Ed.

An Urban Reading Lab Experience for Teachers in Training
Dr. Terry A. Silver, Ed.D. & Dr. Chip Harris, Ed.D.

Preparing Better Teachers: Using Collaboration in Preservice Education
Dr. Teresa Young, Ed.D. & Dr. Tom Knestrict, Ed.D.

Leadership in Transformation: Building Capacities for a New Age
Stewart Levine & Rick Smyre


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 Jerry Ortner observed, "Teacher frustrations are plentiful when students have failed to learn basic multiplication tables or how to write an equation for a story problem. Not only are these frustrations prevalent in middle or junior high schools, they tend to get even more commonplace in high school or even at the community college level." Instead of shrugging his shoulders, he decided to contribute to the solution by sharing the expertise he gained through many years as a math teacher. A few years later, he has turned his hobby of solving problems into a business of writing books.

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Abstracts


Successfully Teaching with Humorous Videos: Videagogy
Dr. Peter M. Jonas, Ph.D.

Teachers have been using multi-media for years. Because the Millennials are very connected electronically, the use of digital videos as a teaching tool has proven to be successful. Coupled with brain-based research, the integration of short, humorous videos into a teaching pedagogy has proven successful academically and engages students to create a more positive learning environment. Research indicates that Videoagogy (short, humorous videos used in pedagogy) enhances the teaching quality, learning, and student engagement. Videagogy is a brain-based activity that leverages technology as a resource for learning and enhances the curriculum, instruction, and effectiveness of teachers. The articles examines and analyzes the research and practical applications of videagogy = videos + pedagogy.


Let’s Pre-Blog! Using Blogs as Prewriting Tools in Elementary Classrooms
Dr. Nicole Luongo, Ed.D

This article describes the instructional practice of combining prewriting and blogging to teach writing in current elementary classrooms. In today’s world, educators need to prepare students for writing and reading in the 21st century. Therefore, schools must start accepting and using new literacies such as blogging when teaching the language arts. This article presents a thorough background and rationale for why teachers should use new literacies such as blogging when prewriting with elementary students. The fundamental basics of prewriting and blogging are discussed. Also, several types of popular prewriting strategies that teachers can use with a blog are explained and illustrated.


What are the Effects of Utilizing Digital Games During Instruction?
Ryan Schaaf, M.S.Ed.

This participatory action research project examined digital game-based learning and its effects in a technology-enriched classroom with elementary school students ages 8 to 11. Experimental and control groups received identical content instruction with differing instructional strategies during 8 lesson cycles. Student observations and attitudinal surveys constituted data sources to determine which student group had a higher level of engagement and time-on-task behavior. The results indicated the experimental groups that utilized digital game-based learning showed higher attentiveness and student engagement compared to the control group’s lesson cycles in most of the testing trials.


A Place for Wikipedia or Putting Wikipedia in its Place
Sarah Baker

Many university instructors have a love-hate relationship with Wikipedia - they love to hate it. In spite of the fact that faculty don’t allow students to use Wikipedia for class assignments, it is consistently one of the first places students look for information. As a librarian who instructs students on how to do research, for me the choice isn’t whether or not to ban it or ignore it, but how to best teach students about the appropriate and beneficial uses of Wikipedia. I’m not proposing that all instructors use a Wikipedia article as an assignment in their classes or even that they teach their students how to use it. I am suggesting that teachers put Wikipedia into context and tell their students about the appropriateness of different research tools for their assignments. I think that instructors should make a place for Wikipedia in the discussion instead of constantly trying to put it in its place.


The Numeric Language of Music, Music Education Primer Course
Patty Carlson

The Numeric Language of Music is presented as a primer course to be studied prior to the introduction of traditional music education curriculum. The course temporarily removes many of the conventional terms and symbols used in music education providing the student with a very basic understanding of how musical tones are arranged to create music. This is accomplished by reducing redundant information to single definitions. Simple terms common to the understanding of music as a language temporarily replace traditional terms. Further in the program, traditional terminology is introduced to bridge the two curriculums. As the program progresses, musical terms and symbols used by traditional music education curriculum are applied to the building blocks the student has learned. The Numeric Language of Music Primer course is designed as a preliminary introductory course to make music teachers job easier.


The Benefits and Administration of Alternate Assessments
Pamela Johnson, M.S.Ed.

Alternate assessments are given to eligible students who are unable to perform proficiently on regular state assessments because of their disability. These alternate assessments have similar materials as standard assessments but are presented in a way that children with disabilities are able to access the material. The modifications that are currently being used are shown to be effective in making not only the testing process easier for students with disabilities, but making the test scores more valid. The scores that are obtained allow teachers to adjust teaching style and curriculum to ensure the most success for students with disabilities in the classroom. This paper will discuss how these changes give students with disabilities an equal chance to demonstrate their knowledge while providing teachers with knowledge about students’ strengths and weaknesses in order to guide instruction.


An Urban Reading Lab Experience for Teachers in Training
Dr. Terry A. Silver, Ed.D. & Dr. Chip Harris, Ed.D.

There is a critical need to recruit and train good teachers. Teachers in training need support and encouragement especially outside the university settings in real classrooms. Urban school settings have an especially acute problem with recruiting and retaining teachers.  Higher education is not able to cover everything needed to prepare teachers in training to enter into the world of teaching. They need authentic experiences outside the university in schools. These experiences in schools should have components of mentoring, engaging experiences including Service Learning and increasing self-efficacy. This article describes one attempt to incorporate teachers in training into a service learning experience in an urban reading lab with elementary and middle school students. Teachers in training met with their professor on site for their college course two times weekly. There, the teachers in training were assigned struggling readers who met them in the reading lab on site twice weekly for 30 minutes. This project is one example of how mentoring, engaging experiences and efforts to increase self-efficacy were put to work for teachers in training.


Preparing Better Teachers: Using Collaboration in Preservice Education
Dr. Teresa Young, Ed.D. & Dr. Tom Knestrict, Ed.D.

As a part of their teacher education program, preservice teachers are typically required to observe mentor teachers in authentic K-12 classrooms with the hope of collaborating and learning about teaching. This can be problematic if preservice teachers do not have an opportunity to observe collaboration. Therefore, two college professors worked together to change their courses in order to model the collaborative process. In the following article, we describe the process we incorporated in order to model and scaffold our preservice teachers and provide recommendations for future collaboration.


Leadership in Transformation: Building Capacities for a New Age
Stewart Levine & Rick Smyre

There is a realization in a number of areas that we are, as a society, approaching a limit and that we will need to transform the way we live if we want to survive and thrive. For this to occur, we need to build “capacities for transformation” in local communities as well as have public policy adjust to create an “environment for and in transformation.” Instead of trying to continue to make old ways more efficient, local citizens need to begin to focus on trends of the future and how such trends impact basic assumptions of community life. Only by creating new tools through community research and development will the behaviors, attitudes and activities of people become consistent with that needed to anticipate and adapt to an emerging society that is constantly changing and increasingly complex. The authors compare attributes of traditional leadership to process leadership and share key ideas regarding the growth of Transformational Leaders. 

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