Postition Paper 1

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POSITION PAPER BY: CHARITA M. GILMER FOR: PROFESSOR BOB The definition of educational technology is the effective use of technological tools in learning. As a concept, it concerns an array of tools, such as media, machines and networking hardware, as well as considering theoretical perspectives for their effective application. (1) Personally speaking there are times when I am in awe of the different type of devices that I alone have access to. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a world where we would be the Jetsons. You know the cartoon that use to come on every Saturday morning on channel 13 one of the four channels that we had access to as children. The convenience of everything is amazing and right at our…show more content…
The bottom line is a clear and compelling case should be made for the existence of whatever the research is. 2. The Rationale Criterion. This means that the research should have a solid theory base. (2) Researchers who wish to counter this problem have not only reviewed the past research in the area, but also analyzed the finding in light of an underlying theory of why we might expect certain results.(2) 3. The Design Criterion. Which asks the question of what research design should be used for “capturing and measuring impact on the variables of interest.”(2) Should the method of research be qualitative or quantitative? 4. The Comprehensive Reporting Criterion. Burkhardt and Schoenfeld (2003) emphasized that educational research is in desperate need of “…Cumulatively through studies that build on previous work” but due to the sprawling nature of education research the objective is difficult. Cumulative studies are only possible if there is sufficiently detailed information to allow others to analyze and build on previous work. (2) 5. The Cumulatively Criterion states that “no single study can address all relevant issues.” (2) This implies to me that I should stick to a topic where I can handle the variables of research then provide information on how to build from there. Research should be done to establish a relative advantage, what is the advantage of using ABCMouse.com in

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