February/March Issue of Innovation Now Available

The February/March 2005 issue of Innovate is now available at http://innovateonline.info  

Innovate is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly e-journal published as a public service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University. It features creative practices and cutting-edge research on the use of information technology to enhance education.
We open the issue with a conversation between two Innovate board members. Elizabeth Hawthorne interviews Seng Chee Tan, who works for the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Tan describes the IT masterplans that generously supply public schools there with hardware and software, teachers with technology training that emphasizes sound pedagogy, and students with an incredible range of learning resources.
June Brown, Jan Bryan, and Ted Brown follow with an article on the expanding concept of literacy in the 21st century. Global, visual, information, and digital literacy--all are crucial in this era of connectivity. The authors highlight technology tools and resources that can help modern students sustain the classical Greek ideal of a community of literates.
Librarians are crucial to student literacy, as Lesley Farmer reminds us. She examines two administrative roles that will dominate K-12 libraries by 2015: school library media specialist and cybrarian. Tom Peters takes us away from school settings to the world of online public libraries. In an interview with me, he discusses LibraryCity--an ambitious effort to make thousands of e-books available to an interactive global readership.
We all know that information and communication technologies have measurable effects on teaching and learning. Bruce Ingraham argues that ICT could also change traditional scholarly discourse. In a thoughtful analysis, Ingraham suggests how the academic community might create, disseminate, and evaluate scholarship in multimedia forms.
Technologically savvy scholars are a unique resource for their academic departments. Colleen Reilly enumerates the benefits of having "faculty peers" conduct workshops and support technology use among their colleagues. This kind of work can be part of routine faculty tasks, Reilly says--and it should count in tenure and promotion considerations. Nikki Finlay would be an admirable faculty peer for teaching colleagues how to use mimio boardCast. Based on experiences in her online and on-campus macroeconomics courses, Finlay touts the software as a useful graphing tool and lists its advantages over similar programs.

Joseph Ugoretz identifies an unlikely source for productive learning in online classes: digression in asynchronous discussions. According to Ugoretz, digression can lead to far-reaching, active learning experiences that may prove even more valuable than the intended dialogue.

Our final offering is the first column in a new series by Stephen Downes. In "Places to Go," Downes will review Web sites that promote and/or exemplify creative uses of IT in teaching and learning. His first choice is IncSub, a site dedicated to open-source content management systems and learning support tools. 

Logging on is simple--but we invite you to do more than simply read. Use the journal's one-button features to comment on articles, share material with colleagues and friends, easily obtain related articles, and participate in Innovate-Live webcasts and discussion forums. Join us in exploring the best uses of technology to improve the ways we think, learn, and live.

Please forward this announcement to appropriate mailing lists and to colleagues who want to use IT tools to advance their work. 

Many thanks.


James L. Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, Innovate
Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership
UNC-Chapel Hill

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