Online virtual and digital education in the U.S schools
Livermore, P. C. (2011). “Second Life: The Future of Education is here today.”
(Eds). Higher Education with Social Media (Cutting-edge Technologies in
Higher Education. 2: 71-84
Charles Livermore draws on the research conducted by Wankel, L.A and Wankel, C. to investigate the participation of educational courses among institutions of higher learning. He argues that majority of students pursuing higher education have at one point in their education life been subjected to online education. The author cites increased wherewithal with digital gadgets as having contributed to the high adoption of online or virtual education among students. He points out that Multi-virtual-environments (MUVEs) has facilitated face-to-face communication between educators, librarians, and students in many institutions. The author concludes that geographical location plays no role in this second life described by the author because educational avenues, experimentation, and all experiments can be accomplished in the virtual world.
Open source textbooks and publishing
Marcia, A., and Hoffman, E. S. (2006). “Educational Digital Libraries: Platforms for
Innovation and Equity.” Advances in Educational Administration. 8: 163-
The author argues that Digital Libraries (DLs) have been put in place to help in facilitating several educational applications. These DLs provide a good base for offering traditional curricula, provision of equal access to resources of learning. Importantly, the paper concentrates in discussing the ways in which continued use of digital lessons and libraries transforms current educational policies and learning atmospheres. The author concludes that online digital libraries and virtual resources centers will continue to limit chances of publishers and readers meeting face-to-face.
Implementation of digital education U.S education
Conway, P. (2008),"Modeling the digital content landscape in universities,”
Library Hi Tech, 26 (3): 342 – 354
This article examines different perspectives regarding digital content and resources. The author explains digital content as a leading factor in guiding scholarly communication, education management, and preservation of digital material. The article provides a model that can be used to examine the criteria of supply digital content across educational institutions across the US. The author concludes by offering possible models for maneuvering the concept of digital content in efforts aimed at managing digital content in institutions of higher learning.
the conflicts and limitation of this method
Waxler, R.P., and Maureen, P. (2011). “Chapter Six: The Challenge of New
Technologies.” Transforming Literacy: Changing Lives through Reading
and Writing. 3: 151-175
This article argues that the internet was intended at creating a medium where people could meet freely, read, and write. However, with the emergence of new technologies, everything has changed significantly. The authors point out the changed working styles and the manner the internet is being used because humans are no longer users of information or independent readers. Nowadays, approaching complex educational conundrums is hard because students are unwilling to think because they tend to leave everything to technology.
the educational and financial goals
Pomerantz, et. al. (2008). “The development and Impact of Digital Library Funding
in the US.” Advances in Librarianship. 31: 37-92
This article traces the funding sources that have aided the growth of digital libraries through research, and development. It also addresses the goals and mission of the agencies that were engaged in funding related projects. Equally, the article identifies that the type of projects that have benefited from DL funding.
Learner-Center teaching method
Kwan, R., Fox, R. and Chan, F. T. (2008). Enhancing Learning Through
Technology: Research on Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies. World
This book highlights the criteria with which education is used to enhance learning among educational institutions. It provides a collection of current developmental trends and contemporary practices that can be adopted to facilitate learning using technological tools. The author concludes by sharing their knowledge concerning how new technologies are applicable in and out of the classroom confines.
Students adjustment and reaction to such a policy
Muirhead, W. D. (2000). "Online education in schools,” International Journal of
Educational Management, 14 (7): 315 – 324
This article argues that learning from virtual online sources coupled with the use of internet technologies have been used very much in institutions of higher learning. It presents findings from a study conducted in Alberta, Canada where teachers argued that online courses increased their responsibilities. However, students were happy that such initiatives reduced their workloads in addition to facilitating easier access to information.
Garcia, E. (2005). Teaching and learning in two languages: bilingualism &
schooling in the US. Teachers College Press
This book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive situation of bilingual education in the US and offers effective instructional and curriculum approaches. It highlights the complexities and extent faced when assisting non-native speakers to learn English. However, the authors provide a review of how technology can be incorporated to assist students to understand several aspects of content areas.