How is a KITE case different from other technology integration
Answer: Many other technology integration cases are displayed
as a story, rewritten by an outside observer who tells a story
of the experience. KITE technology integration cases are transcribed
interviews that describe, in the storyteller's own words,
the experiences. While this may not seem to be a significant
difference, it is the difference between reading about someone's
experiences in a book and talking to a colleague who has actually
participated in the experience.
How is KITE different from other technology integration
The KITE case library has a very different search mechanism
for retrieving cases from the library. The search engine
utilizes Case-based Reasoning (CBR) that allows for more
flexibility in selecting cases as they relate to a user's
situation. While there may not be an exact match, (i.e.,
no cases that discuss a 4th grade class learning about bugs
using an online learning environment) there are always cases
with some similarities which can help the user consider
various options that would not otherwise be considered (i.e.,
studying bugs using Inspiration and digital cameras).
How is learning from Case-based Reasoning different from
Case-based learning is different in that it involves the use
of a scenario as the starting point in a learning experience.
The scenarios are fact-based, complex problems written to
stimulate classroom discussion and collaborative analysis.
They are open-ended and encourage students to problem-solve
to complete the case. Students are actively involved in solving
the case by imagining themselves in the situation, making
decisions, and explaining their rationale for the choices
they make. Students are encouraged to come up with multiple
solutions to a single problem. In contrast to CBR, students
do not seek out other cases with similar characteristics,
revise the cases they use, or retain what they learn to reuse
at a later date.
Case-based Reasoning in learning incorporates the concept
that, when faced with a problem, humans typically assess
various situational features presented in the problem, search
for memory of past experiences with similar situations,
seek out similar experiences of peers and colleagues, and
apply the lessons in these experiences to develop new solutions.
After the new experience is proven to be satisfactory, it
is added to successful knowledge and retained in memory
for future use. The process is similar to what Aamodt and
Plaza (1996) describe as the CBR process, which includes
the cycle of the four RE's - REtrieve, REuse, REvise, and
How can I use KITE as a teacher educator?
The KITE project has developed an instructional tool to
assist you as a teacher educator in using KITE for teacher
education. The Technology Integration Learning Environment
(TILE) is being developed to assist teacher educators in
utilizing KITE cases to teach technology integration. It
offers teacher educators learning modules utilizing a variety
of roles including teacher, principal, and technology coordinator.
The learners are presented with learning scenarios, given
KITE cases to help them solve the problem in the scenario,
and asked to develop products that demonstrate their learning.
TILE can be used as a complete learning course or individual
modules or learning activities can be used separately to
teach the desired lessons. Additionally, KITE offers a list
of Instructional Activities as a sample of possible teaching
activities that can be used in education methods courses.
Many of the cases that I have found in the KITE case
library are not stories of best practices. How can I use
them to teach my students about technology integration?
While examples of best practices are often used in teacher
education, this does not reflect the average experience
of a regular teaching situation. When teachers in actual
teaching situations share their experiences, it is a gauge
of how well the real world matches with what is considered
to be a strategy, method or pedagogy that is research-based
and accepted as the "correct" method for teaching. KITE
cases are real stories collected from actual teachers sharing
their knowledge of technology integration activities. While
they may not always be "correctly" done according to the
most accepted research, they are authentic and have great
value. In addition to creating a community by sharing teaching
experiences, KITE cases also offer great learning opportunities
as a resource for comparison with standards, best practices
and textbook strategies, methods and pedagogies. KITE cases
can be used as a "reality check" for those interested in
how teacher practices relate to the expectations and standards
set for technology integration. Users can learn from the
mistakes and experiences of teachers sharing their strategies
in the cases. For example, students presented with a teaching
scenario can search KITE cases looking for ways that they
can improve either the technology used or the learning activity.
For more instructional ideas, see the TILE site or the Instructional
What is the purpose of the KITE project?
The purpose of the KITE project is to provide a knowledge
repository or a gathering place for information about technology
integration experiences. The KITE project worked with a
group of seven partner universities to visit schools, interview
teachers about their technology integration experiences
and organize those stories into cases for use in the KITE
Case Library. The cases are intended to be used by teacher
educators, in-service and pre-service teachers to support
them as they learn more about how to use technology in learning
What is a KITE case?
A KITE case is a story. It consists of demographical information
about the teacher being interviewed and the students in
the learning situation, contextual information about the
experience and information about the technology integration
experience. The teachers are asked to share the learning
activity, the technology that they used, the students' role
in the activity, the teacher role in the activity, the reason
for using the technology and other information about the
Where does a KITE case come from?
KITE cases are stories collected from actual teachers as
they share their technology integration experiences. The
teachers come from a variety of locations across the US.
A "knowledge scout" or interviewer meets with the teacher
and discusses the technology integration experience. The
interview is then transcribed and organized, or indexed
for placement into the knowledge repository.