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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Teachers Teaching with Technology - Worldwide

by Franklin Demana , Bert Waits
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jan 17, 2009 by Teacher Education
Overview: The Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) was founded at The Ohio State University by Professors Frank Demana and Bert Waits. T3 is a guide to professional development programs for the appropriate use of educational technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science worldwide.
Learning Goals: The goal of Teachers Teaching with Technology is to provide quality professional development that enables the mathematics and science educator to be successful in the classroom through the appropriate use of technology. This goal is stated very clearly at the top of the web page.
Target Student Population: The target student population is essentially educators, both nation and world wide. Educators can be new to the industry or seasoned veterans seeking to remain current with newly researched and approved methodologies. The material can also be used by high school and college level mathematics students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: This is a reference for high school and college level mathematics and science. Learner should have a basic knowledge of mathematics and ready for a high level of mathematics and science.
Type of Material: Reference Material
Recommended Uses: This Web site could be used as a reference and resource for teachers and students in high school and college level mathematics and science. They tie the professional development to Texas Instruments products. T3 is well-threaded into a number of communities nationwide via countless community colleges and offered workshops.
Technical Requirements: PDF (Adobe Reader software - free download), Zip download, Java

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The Teachers Teaching with Technology Web site provides professional development that includes units and ideas for teaching mathematics and science that integrates the use of technology. This Web site includes free download of three books that provide knowledge for teaching mathematics and science that are enhanced with the use of technology. The books contain ready to use mathematics and science units. There are also numerous technology integrated ideas for mathematics and science activities to use in a classroom.
Concerns: The site is busy to look at. Much material is similarly labeled. Some of the material is fee-based.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The site is full of opportunities for active experimentation and concrete experience as the professional development workshops are research based and hands-on in nature. Target learners include all educators in the United States and worldwide. The design of the development is to keep teachers abreast of educational technology as well as provide them with a tool that can be implemented on an everyday basis. The material is universal and is especially beneficial to pre-service teachers that seek to give themselves and their students an edge. Current and appropriate assignments can certainly be derived from the offered materials.
Concerns: Because of current economic conditions, it is unlikely that teachers will be funded to use these materials.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The Web site is a basic format and easy to navigate. There are many hyperlinks to additional information and resources. The free downloads use both Zip and PDF files. There is information for the downloads and a link to Adobe Reader to download.
Concerns: The home buttons aren't immediately available. The information is familiar, but it's a lot to take in at once. There is a lot of text which can be distracting.

Other Issues and Comments: While products are offered, much of the material is available to educators without cost.