Engaging Reluctant Learners through the Web: Where do Teachers Start?

By Barbara Hong, Don P. Schulte and W. Fred Ivy.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Technology can be a “catalyst for learning” when used effectively (cited in Valdez, 2005a, p. 8). However, teachers who are novice at technology often feel intimidated and do not know where to start. Teachers need to take advantage of the universal nature of web resources to engage students, especially the most reluctant learners. We have tabulated sample links in a subject-grade format to show teachers how they can use available resources on the Web to engage students who are either bored or experiencing difficulty learning. The goal is not to provide a laundry list of Websites, but to demonstrate how the Internet is a great source for engaging all levels of learners. More importantly, we help teachers identify key components for evaluating websites that will promote self-instructing, self-regulatory, and self-empowering habits. We also present simple Web tools on how to create a class homepage and how to enhance learning for students with special needs, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Finally, we embed all these resources into a lesson plan to show teachers how to begin right away!

Keywords: Educational Technology, The Internet, Engagement, Self-Empowerment, Disabilities, Diverse Classroom, Evaluating Websites, Web Tools

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.127-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.250MB).

Dr. Barbara Hong

Associate Professor of Education, Division of Education, Human Development & Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA, USA

Dr. Barbara Hong is an Associate Professor of Education at Penn State Altoona. She obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City after receiving three Masters from the same institutions. Her areas of research include teacher quality, special education, ethics of caring, self-empowerment, and educational leadership. Dr. Hong has been working with students for over 20 years, particularly students with special needs. She has been a national and international speaker and consultant throughout her career. She has worked with schools in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Hong is a certified special educator and school administrator.

Dr. Don P. Schulte

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration, Department of Educational Leadership and Foundation, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA

Don Schulte is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Foundations at The University of Texas at El Paso. Before assuming his current position, he served as an associate professor and director of the Educational Administration Program at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Schulte spent about 27 years in public education and held many different positions, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, assistant to the superintendent (government relations), assistant superintendent for instruction and superintendent. During his tenure as superintendent, Schulte’s district was academically recognized for its high student performance by the State of Texas. He received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the social and behavioral sciences from the University of Texas El Paso Graduate School in 2001 and the 1991 Gold Nugget Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of UTEP alumni.

Dr. W. Fred Ivy

Associate Professor of Educational Administration, College of Arts & Science and Education: CASE, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texarkana, Texas, USA

Dr. Ivy started in ‘special’ education back in the early ‘70s in Texas and realized early on that if he were to impact others in a major way it would have to be through supervision of ‘general’ educators; he would need to represent everyone on campus (and eventually stand for the rights of all stakeholders in the entire school district). He finished a doctorate in supervision and educational administration from the University of Houston in 1976 and subsequently has served as Campus Principal in six districts and has experience as District Superintendent in thee independent school systems. Fred has also taught at the university level off-and-on for over 25 years full-time faculty in Special Education, School Leadership, and a combination of both in the following states in America: Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and began his administrative career in the State of New Mexico. [His interests in restoring vintage sports cars, an old farm house, and periodic camping, keep him grounded in the ‘grime of life’....]

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