Researchers share insights on ubiquitous computing and the classroom

Palm pilots, PCs, cellular phones--technology permeates all aspects of our lives, including the American classroom. Kent State University's Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET), a national leader in the study of ubiquitous computing, has developed a DVD-ROM to educate current and future teachers.

The DVD, titled "Ubiquitous Computing: How Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone Computing is Changing Education," recently was distributed to every K-12 school and teacher education program in Ohio. The disc was developed to support teaching, professional development, and research as it relates to the impact of technology-rich environments on teaching and learning.

Funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland, the DVD-ROM is part of a larger RCET project in the area of ubiquitous computing that includes additional content on a Web site located at http://www.rcet.org/ubicomp/intro.htm.

The new DVD follows RCET's two CDs, "Palm Education Pioneers: Examining the Potential of the Handheld Computer" and "Technology & Education: The Research on Where We Have Been, A Vision of Where We Are Going." The DVD, like the two CDs, informs practitioners and other interested parties about how to most effectively use technology to improve students' learning.

In addition, RCET researchers recently co-edited a book featuring findings from the major researchers in the field of ubiquitous computing. The book, titled Invisible Technology, Visible Impact: Ubiquitous Computing in K-12 Education, will be available in August from Erlbaum Publishing.

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For more information about these products, or for expert sources on learning and technology, contact Dr. Dale Cook, Summit Professor for Learning Technology and RCET director, at 330-672-0611 or dcook@kent.edu. Visit http://www.rcet.org for further information about RCET.


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