Multimedia has been gaining in importance over the last several decades, and knowledge of it is becoming increasingly necessary in today's instructional world. Pat Gantt discusses the applications of multimedia for education and the attitude needed to utilize it effectively in this month's Vision article.
Distance learning and electronic instructional forums are often denigrated as being of less worth than traditional learning methods. In this month's Commentary, Nancy Levenburg and Howard Major discuss the validity of distance learning as a tool for both instruction and research. If electronic teaching methods are to be valued equally with traditional ones, we must come to see the skills of individuals with non-traditional educational backgrounds as a potential asset to teaching institutions, rather than as a handicap.
In this month's Case Study, Harvey Moody discusses the Internet technology that allows him to greatly enhance his chemistry classes, using e-mail, online tutorials, quizzes, and bulletins, animated three-dimensional models, and PowerPoint lectures.
by Patricia Cravener // Faculty and Staff Development
In our Faculty and Staff Development section this month, Patricia Cravener details the attitudes that contribute to faculty resistance toward using information technology tools in education, and offers suggestions on how to overcome this reticence and successfully train teachers in the use of new technology.
The Site of the Month for November is Tapped In, the site of the Teacher Professional Development Institute, which encompasses a growing community of educators that allows members to hold real-time discussions and classes, browse Websites with other members, post and read about new professional opportunities, and hold discussions using mailing lists and discussion boards.
In this month's first Letter to the Editor, Glenn Ralston critiques what he sees as the "old-fashioned" attitude toward technology innovations held by many educators, and our editor steps upon the soapbox to offer a brief but heartfelt welcome to our new editorial board.