Educational Media and Technology Yearbook: Volume 40 by Michael Orey, Robert Maribe Branch

By Michael Orey, Robert Maribe Branch

The tutorial Media and know-how Yearbook has develop into a regular reference in lots of libraries collections. It offers a invaluable historic checklist of present principles and advancements within the box. half one in all this up to date quantity, “Trends and concerns in studying, layout and Technology,” offers an array of chapters that increase a number of the present issues indexed above, as well as others. partly , “Leadership Profiles,” authors offer biographical sketches of the careers of educational expertise leaders. half 3, “Organizations and institutions in North America,” and half 4, “Worldwide record of Graduate courses in studying, layout, expertise, details or Libraries,” are, respectively, directories of educational technology-related enterprises and associations of upper studying providing levels in similar fields. ultimately, half 5, the “Mediagraphy,” provides an annotated directory of chosen present guides on the topic of the sphere.

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Issues related to resources, while still present, seemed to be less of a concern than in past reviews. Continued spending on instructional technology in all three sectors remained steady. Online learning opportunities continued to be present—a particular focus on blended learning or flipped learning opportunities in higher education and K-12 was evident. Students in higher education and K-12 settings continued to push for using digital resources and social media for educational purposes. Mobile devices continued to be ubiquitous in all three settings.

The continuous improvements to technology, education, and training will provide further research topics and areas for discussion next year. It is essential to stay current with technology tools, pedagogy, and implementation practices for new methods of learning in instructional technology. Nonetheless, it is just as vital to allow room for failure and prototype testing of methodologies, procedures, and processes prior to implementation via formative evaluation. It is the responsibility of the instructional technologist to clearly identify learning goals and/or educational problems prior to assigning any technology tool or method of learning delivery, whether online, blended, flipped classroom, or traditional learning context.

M. 1007/978-3-319-45001-8_3 27 28 F. Boschman et al. of studies in which teams of teachers act as designers of ICT integrated curriculum material shows that those teachers actually yield progression in implementing ICT in their classrooms (see for instance Cviko, McKenney, & Voogt, 2013). The study presented in this chapter is set in the context of kindergarten education, with a specific focus on developing functional literacy. Functional literacy is the understanding that written language has a communicative purpose.

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