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How is a KITE case different from other technology integration cases?

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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.
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How is KITE different from other technology integration case libraries?

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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).

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How is learning from Case-based Reasoning different from case-based learning?

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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 REtain.

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.
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How can I use KITE as a pre-service teacher?

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As a pre-service teacher, you can use KITE as a resource for planning future teaching experiences, completing education course assignments, and evaluating teacher practice with the intent of developing better teaching skills. KITE cases can help you better prepare to enter your future teaching experiences ready for technology integration. You can also use KITE to learn more about how teachers involved in various teaching situations handle difficulties that arise in different activities. This will help you to know how to respond when you have similar situations.

In addition, KITE cases can provide you with a "reality check" for the strategies, methods and pedagogies that you encounter in your studies as a pre-service teacher. For example, in an education methods course, you learn about technology standards and how they are used to improve teaching and learning situations. You can then search the KITE system for cases as they relate to teaching situations involving technology integration. How do those real teaching cases relate to the expectations and standards you have been taught?

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How can I use KITE as an in-service teacher?

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As an in-service teacher, you can use KITE cases as an information source about technology integration. For instance, if you are searching for an answer to a problem or situation in technology integration in your teaching, you could ask your fellow teachers what they would do, or what they have experienced in a similar situation. The KITE cases can serve the same purpose. You can search through the case library to find similar situations and how teachers integrated technology, problems they may have encountered, and solutions they developed. You can also use KITE as a resource for evaluating teacher practice with the intent of developing better teaching skills, and as a comparative tool to view how your teaching experiences measure up to other teachers' experiences in similar situations.

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What is the purpose of the KITE project?

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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 situations.

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What is a KITE case?

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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 story.

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Where does a KITE case come from?

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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.

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Can I contribute my own story?

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To share your own story, contact Tawnya Means at tsmeans@mchsi.com.

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