After traversing all K12 school websites in the state and cataloging nearly 300,000 links, we are happy to share with the educational community Idaho's Top 200 K12 Websites. This list represents those websites that K12 schools in the state of Idaho link to the most through their public websites and reflects some of the tools and resources that they find to be of value. As a first attempt at utilizing publicly available data to inform educational technology decision-making and innovation, this list provides valuable data to decision-makers and ideas for educators, giving a snapshot of what is going on in K12 schools regarding educational technology use.
Following up on my report of presenting at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) in last month’s blog post, this month I have received the great honor of being nominated for the office of President in the Research and Theory Division of AECT. This truly excites me, because I value the great work and perspectives of the educators and researchers in AECT, and I feel that the Research and Theory Division serves an important role in the organization (and within the field of educational technology generally) to emphasize and support rigorous, innovative research practices. As I continue my participation in AECT, I look forward to many collaborative opportunities with my international colleagues to review, critique, and support one another’s work.
AECT’s conference is not the only venue wherein we at the Doceo Center are sharing our work and contributing to the field. We also received notification this month that we have been selected by our peers to share work at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Philadelphia, PA. At the AERA meeting, my colleague Dr. George Veletsianos, who serves as the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, and I will present our research on teacher candidates’ experiences using social networking sites. These conference presentations are very important for us to both receive peer feedback on our efforts in the Doceo Center, thereby improving our practice, and to inform the larger educational community of our efforts.