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Using Technology Wisely: The Keys to Success in Schools


reviewed by Marilyn J. Staffo — 2006

coverTitle: Using Technology Wisely: The Keys to Success in Schools
Author(s): Harold Wenglinsky
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745839, Pages: 112, Year: 2005
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Educators looking for research-based evidence for the effective use of instructional technology will want to examine Harold Wenglinsky’s book. The author uses both qualitative and quantitative research methodology to present evidence regarding the effective use of technology. The book provides qualitative descriptions of four schools effectively utilizing technology as one tool among many students employ when taught through constructivist-based instruction. The author is more convincing when he presents quantitative information based on an analysis of data from the 1996 and 2000 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to show a positive association between science and mathematics scores and the utilization of technology in constructivist-based instruction.  He concludes that there is a negative or lack of association between science and mathematics scores, the utilization of technology, and traditional (or what Wenglinsky refers to as didactic) instruction. Wenglinsky found that it is more difficult to make inferences regarding the effective use of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 945-947
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12141, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 9:57:56 PM

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  • Marilyn Staffo
    Stillman College
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    MARILYN J. STAFFO is an Associate Professor at Stillman College, where she teaches integration of instructional technology and field experience courses in the Teacher Education Program. She also serves as Project Director for the Faculty Advancement Program in Technology. Her research interests include instructional technology decision-making, technology in teacher education programs, and effective technology use for ELL students. Dr. Staffo coordinates Stillman’s annual Best Practices: Integration of Technology into Instruction Conference and has been recognized as an Alabama Best Practices Technology Innovator.
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