Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Digital Technology

Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Digital Technology

Zongkai Yang (Central China Normal University, P. R. China), Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York at Oswego, USA & Central China Normal University, P. R. China), Di Wu (Central China Normal University, P. R. China) and Sanya Liu (Central China Normal University, P. R. China)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: September, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 409
ISBN13: 9781466645387|ISBN10: 1466645385|EISBN13: 9781466645394|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4538-7


Digital and social technologies are changing the education field. Interactive whiteboards and blackboards, e-books, and computer-mediated communication are accelerating the processes of the evolving classroom. These technologies continue to support problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills among students.

Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Digital Technology brings together research and practices regarding digital and social technology integration in the K-12 classroom. By sharing practical and conceptual aspects of using digital and social technologies as tools for transforming K-12 learning environments, this reference source is essential for teachers, support staff, school and district administrators, college students, and researchers working, teaching, and learning in the digital era.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Common Core Standards
  • Digital and Social Technologies
  • Learning Environments
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Social Interaction
  • Technology Integration
  • Virtual Labs and Classrooms

Reviews and Testimonials

Chapters address such topics as fostering collaboration and digital literacy with mobile technologies, STEM in early childhood education, digital play, and promoting a balanced development of high-quality teacher resources with network technology. Those needing a collocated set of local and widespread case studies on e-learning tools use at the K-12 level around the world can benefit from this book.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

Forty-one international academics and researchers contribute 18 chapters addressing current research, case studies, design and applications, best practices, pedagogical approaches and strategies, projects, and resources related to digital and social technologies integration in K-12 education. Offering materials on both conceptual and practical aspects, the text is designed for a broad audience from K-12 teachers and support staff to school and district administrators, teacher educators, pre-service teacher trainees, and researchers and professionals working in e-learning; it is also suitable as a supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate classes in teacher education, information science, educational technology, and similar subjects.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Zongkai Yang is a Professor and the President of Central China Normal University. Dr. Yang’s awards and honors include the Chairman of ISO/IEC SC36 WG6, Responsible expert for “Educational Information Reform and Development Strategic Planning” (Ministry of Education, China), Responsible expert for “E-education Public Service Demonstration Project”, (Eleventh Five-Year State Science and Technology Supporting Plan), Expert panel leader of educational informatization research group (2020 China education outline), and National Baiqianwan Talent Project Award.
Harrison Hao Yang is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at State University of New York at Oswego, USA. He also holds a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Central China Normal University, China. Dr. Yang’s research specialties include assessment and e-folios, distance/flexible education, information literacy, information technology diffusion/integration, learning theories, issues and trends on vocational-technical education, and Web/learning communities. Dr. Yang is the recipient of the SUNY Oswego President Award of Teaching Excellence (2006).
Di Wu is a Professor in the National Engineering Research Center for E-Learning at Central China Normal University. Dr. Wu’s research interests include E-learning technology standard, education information technology standard, E-learning resource management and service, and education informatization strategy.
Sanya Liu is a Professor and Deputy Director in the National Engineering Research Center for E-Learning at Central China Normal University. Dr. Liu’s research interests include Computer applications, artificial intelligence, education, and information technology.