KITE in Action
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Q410 Technology Across the Curriculum is a graduate level course taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The purpose of the course is to support teachers as they learn to integrate technology into meaningful learning experiences for their students. The course included a number of activities sampling methods for integrating technology including creating WebQuests, concept mapping, assessing quality education and learning environments. Students were introduced to a variety of resources including KITE, InTime and ERIC. Students were required to create products including a WebQuest, a concept map, a self-assessment of their learning environment and an assessment of educational activities integrating technology.

A sample activity from the course is provided below:

Project: Assessing Quality Education (Team and Individual)

Activity: Small Group Discussion Board

In your small group discussion boards, discuss your current understandings of constructivism and how it applies to your work in the classroom. Use the following questions to initiate discussions and to formulate new questions for your group.

  • What does it mean to learn something?
  • What criteria are necessary for learning?
  • How do we know when someone has learned something?
  • Is memorizing information meaningful learning?
  • How do we as teachers support meaningful learning?

Collaboratively, come up with 4-5 guidelines that you consider essential for learning to occur and explain why you believe those attributes contribute to meaningful learning. The final posting to your group discussion board should list those elements and their importance to meaningful learning.

Activity: KITE case studies

First, read "Technology as Facilitator of Quality Education: A Model" at http://www.intime.uni.edu/model/modelarticle.html

As noted in the article, "The seven dimensions of the model provide a way for educators to view the integration of technology-related tools into a robust educational environment and thus answer the hard questions regarding support for the shift in our educational activities toward technology. The model sets up a framework for this robust educational environment and identifies key points at which technology should be implemented and evaluated to determine its impact." Second, explore the Knowledge Innovation for Technology in Education (KITE) digital library at http://kite.missouri.edu/. When you go to the KITE site, click on the banner across the top that says Technology Integration Case Library. After entering the site, you can search for stories that fit your interests.

KITE is a repository of "stories" that describe technology use. It is being developed by eight universities headed by the University of Missouri-Columbia with the purpose of diffusing technology integration knowledge. The intent is to provide a support system for teachers, teacher education faculty, technology coordinators, and administrators in technology integration. Over time, the project hopes to build a K-16 community of practice through a knowledge repository that enables learning through sharing, communal understanding through storytelling, continuous exchange and creation of new knowledge, and collective problem solving among K-12 schools and teacher education programs. The site contains a collection of stories that are described and indexed for use in case-based reasoning by technology users in education.

Explore stories within your discipline area, paying attention to the quality of the stories that represent current practice in utilizing technology in your discipline area. Evaluate the two KITE cases you feel are the best in your discipline area by using two assessment tools: (1) the guidelines your team developed in your group discussion to evaluate the meaningfulness of learning from a constructivist learning paradigm, and (2) the TFQE model discussed in the article. Since not all cases in the digital library have the same quality, pick the two you feel are the best in terms of quality. You will share your findings and describe how you might build on these applications in your own classroom or technology use.

Activity: Main Discussion Board Posting

As individuals, each member will submit to the main discussion board the two KITE cases in his/her discipline area which best demonstrate a constructivist approach to learning with technology. Qualify your choices with a short description of each case and your rationale for selecting the case as an example of constructivism. Use your team guidelines and the seven TFQE dimensions in your explanation.

  • Students at the center of their own learning
  • Principles of good learning
  • Aspects of information processing
  • Standards from content disciplines
  • Tenets of effective citizenship in a democratic society
  • Teacher knowledge and behavior
  • Technology
Assessing Quality Education Scoring Criteria
  • Your work will be assessed based on the following criteria:
  • Contribution to small group discussion (active participation; quality and depth of thought in postings; timely postings and responses)
  • Short, informative description of the two cases you choose
  • Insightful, reasonable explanation of how constructivism is demonstrated in each of the two case studies


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