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Created By: Kienna Knowles

Course: EDUC 6663-T1002 Integrating Technology In The Curriculum (Part 1)

Course Instructor: Dr. Ashraf Esmail

Technology Standard 6: Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues

Program Outcome: S6.3: Identify and use technology resources that affirm diversity.

Rationale: Key elements to technology integration are professional development and evaluation of educational technologies. In the follwoing activity learners identifeied and evaluated educational web sites that support informational, conversational, conceptual, and contextual spaces. Teaching and learning in informative, conversational, conceptual and contexual spaces ensures that needs of all times of learners are meet. Thus confirming that teaching and learning accomadates learning style diversity. In the following posting, this learner discusses various cites that affirm learning diveristy as it relates to informative, conceptual, conversational and contextual thinkinhg. Additionally the posting demonstrates how thia learner addresses the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.

Title: Discussion Positing (Technology that supports Informational, Conversational, Conceptual, and Contextual Spaces)

Informtional Space

Does this Web site support the informational space? (Campfire) 

(University of FL) Science Project Encyclopedia

The above site is used with this learner's Scientific Research students to assist them in understanding the process of science research and the scientific method. This site also lists the important research goals of scientists and engineers. It further explains and provides thousands of examples of award winning high school science projects. Additionally, the site walks students through the needs, processes, and objectives of personal science projects. This site overall is informative and useful for any science teacher seeking to complete science projects with students, thus supporting informational space.  

Conversational Space

Does this Web site support the conversational space? (Watering Hole)


EPals is the largest K-12 online community for meaningful learning and conversation between students. Currently, students in this learners classes, use epals to communicate in various global blogs and email chats with student across the world about science. More than 132,000 classrooms, 350,000 teachers, and millions of learners across 200 countries and territories safely connect, collaborate and build learning communities using ePals. This web site contains various communication areas including SchoolMail and SchoolBlog and these areas are monitored by teachers, administrators, school districts and parents. Schools around the globe use our school-safe email and blog tools.  This learner supports that ePals is an excellent site for that supports conversational space.

Conceptual Space

Does this Web site support the conceptual space? (Cave)

Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge

On this site teachers can nominate students to compete and display their science research work. This site supports creativity and student insight in various areas of science and engineering. On the site students can read about other student’s work as well, have the opportunity to submit their own work for public viewing.  Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge encourages students to share their conceptual science research with other students across the world.

Contextual Space

Does this Web site support the contextual space? (Life)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, web site plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education for this learners Biotechnology students. Through this web site students are able to conduct virtual laborabotory activities (identical procedures done in professional laboratories) that are not possible at the high school level, either due to class size, materials or cost of equipment. As a result of this site students are able gain relevant experience in various research areas of biotechnology. The site is contains current virtual labs that model current research taking place in the world of Biotechnology.