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simSchool September 2012 News

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David GibsonDear Colleagues:  

Welcome back to a new school year for our Northern Hemisphere partners and mid-year for our Southern Hemisphere partners! In this update, we’d like to know your plans, share ours and document some of the big accomplishments of the past year. Be sure to respond to the simSchool 2012 Survey in this edition to update us on your status and plans. We want to keep you in mind and have you do the same!
Your Plans

As you know, simSchool is free to professors and colleges of education, but has real costs associated with serving users. With our grant resources ended, we are helping professors and college programs transition their students into co-paying partners, with a variety of options. We want to hear from you which of these options is good for you or if you need a new alternative.

  • Beginning mid-September student users can pay $25 for a single course or $50 for unlimited course use for a year (a great deal!). We can provide an ISBN number for an introductory manual that can be purchased online or in your college bookstore that wraps this cost in as a textbook with online access.
  • Alternatively, institutions may choose to pay up front for a block of student registrations and absorb this cost under materials fees, lab or technology fees.
  • Institutions may also purchase research licenses (which include student seats) and field work licenses, which can produce a significant cost savings and benefit for accreditation reporting purposes.

What are your plans? Take our simSchool 2012 Survey to let us know!

Contact Stacy Kruse,, for more information on student pricing, licensing, or to obtain ISBN numbers for inclusion on course syllabi

Our Plans Here are a few items on our development horizon for the coming months. We’ve drawn from your suggestions and examples, which have inspired us! Do you see anything here that looks interesting?

  • New iBooks and eBooks with simSchool modules and exercises (authors welcome!)
  • Designing module packages in teacher education topic areas (authors welcome!)
  • A network of researchers for “Virtual Fieldwork Experiences” (join up!)
  • Certification program for simSchool trainers – add to your reputation.

simSchool Badges – achievements and levels related to Master’s level skills

Accomplishments of the EDUCAUSE grant year What a year! Thank you all for contributing your energies to great success stories in 12 short months. Last year at this time we were set to launch version 2.0, which when launched had about 600 users – that climbed to over 10,000 in a few short months! Here are a few of the high points that have not appeared in newsletters yet:

  • Presented a numerous conferences (SITE, AECT, AERA, ISTE and several regional conferences), offered 3 face-to-face workshops, and dozens of web-based meetings that reached over 10,000 people.
  • Named in the New Media Consortium’s “Horizon Report for Higher Education” as a technology to watch!
  • Created a “Games and Simulations” workshop component of their new Teacher Education Initiative
  • Began the process of forming a network of simSchool users among Historically Black College and Universities.
  • Formally expanded into K12 Professional Development with our first local school system contract – and looking to do more!

We may contact you privately for help in reflecting back on the year as we pull together a final report to EDUCAUSE.

Our continued thanks to our research partners and friends who help simSchool continue to improve!David Gibson

SITE Research Highlights Book Available

We are pleased to announce the release of the book Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2010, published by SITE – Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education,

This book of strongly refereed papers, selected from those submitted for the 2010 annual conference, follows in the tradition of its 2009 predecessor. The 2009 edition has already risen to the status of “Most Viewed” among the 26,000 entries in the EdITLib – Education & Information Technology Digital Library, We are confident the 2010 edition will be viewed by our readers in a similar fashion.

This volume represents hundreds of hours of scholarly work by Editors Cleb Maddux, David Gibson, and Bernie Dodge; as well as by the authors, reviewers, copy editors and layout staff.

As the state of teacher education and technology, Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2010 would make an excellent class and individual resource.


Purchase: for $21.95 at the SITE/AACE Bookshelf:


Subscribe: This and other SITE/AACE books are included with a subscription to the EdITLib Digital Library,


See you at the SITE 2011 conference in Nashville, Tennessee; March 7-11! ( )

Yours in the Friendly Society,

Gerald Knezek, SITE President
Gary Marks, SITE Executive Director
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)

SITE 2010 (San Diego) Early Registration: Feb 10

March 29 – April 2, 2010

San Diego, California

San Diego Beach photo

March 29 – April 2, 2010  *  San Diego, CA

SITE 2010 is the 21st annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.

This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of AACE.

The SITE Conference is designed for:

  • Teacher educators in ALL disciplinesComputer technology coordinatorsK-12 administrators & school

    Curriculum developersPrincipals

  • All interested in improving education
    through technology
Join with 1,200+ Colleagues from over 50 countries!

Advance Program

Online Advance Program:

PDF version to Print:

The SITE AdReflection poolvance Program/Registration is online and includes information on all program activities and all sessions accepted to date. Early registration also helps ensure that you can reserve space in the pre-conference tutorial(s) and workshop(s) of your choice.

Take advantage of this discount and register today!

Tutorials, Workshops and Forums


Friday April 2: Forum for School Teachers and School Leaders

Teaching with Technology: Engaging Students through 21st Century Learning:

Teachers and School Leaders are invited to participate in
Sessions on practical, effective ways to teach with technology in
today’s schools. Take part in discussing the latest and most effective ways to engage digital learners.

Registration & Hotel Information

Click Here for : SITE 2010 Registration Rates

Hotel Information : Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Sheraton San Diego

Special discounted hotel rates have been secured for SITE
participants at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. To receive this special rate, hotel
reservations must be made by: March 1, 2010 and you must identify yourself as an SITE attendee.

New Book: Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2009

ANNOUNCING… A New Technology and Teacher Education Book Series

Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2009

Edited by: Cleborne D. Maddux

Published by: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

Sponsored by: Education & Information Technology Digital Library

368 pages, $10 eBook, $19 soft cover ISBN 1-880094-74-6

For your classroom reading list or personal library…

This first collection of outstanding articles came about as a recognition of the need for a highly selective and rigorously refereed collection of articles dealing with technology and teacher education. This book includes 40 selected papers submitted by members of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).

A total of 123 papers, 368 pages, were submitted for consideration of publication in this rigorously peer refereed volume that will be published annually by SITE. The book is available in digital format, for free with EdITLib Digital Library subscription, and in soft cover format.

For Your Class Reading List:

Consider this a state of the field resource for your education class reading list! Very reasonably priced for educators and students.

To view authors and more information, Click Here.


  1. Technology Input Versus Input and Output: Does It Result in Learning Differences Among Elementary School Students?
  2. Teaching for Fidelity in the Use of Technology in the Math Classroom
  3. Responding to Depleted Budgets through Forging New Partnerships by Educational Technology Connections to Medicine
  4. Integrating Tablet Technology into an Elementary Mathematics Methods Course
  5. Class Map for Community in Online Education Course
  6. Reclaiming Lost Opportunities: The Role of the Teacher in Online Asynchronous Collaboration in Mathematics Teacher Education
  7. Deploying Read/Write Web Approaches for Pedagogic Change amongst Faculty in Higher Education
  8. Captivating Young Learners and Preparing 21st Century Social Studies Teachers: Increasing Engagement with Digital Video
  9. I Think, iPod(cast), I Learn: Using Digital Media and Podcasting in Teacher Education
  10. A Blended Multisite Distance Workshop in Mathematics Using Inquiry, Technology and Collaboration: An Initial Report
  11. Bilingual and ELL Preservice Teachers and Technology Self-Efficacy
  12. Instructional Planning Activity Types as Vehicles for Curriculum-Based TPACK Development
  13. As the World Spins, Technology Spins Faster: A Global Long-Distance Education Program
  14. The Digital Documentary as Historical Ground Wire: A Study of a University’s Education Department and Its Teacher Educators
  15. Student Level of Commitment and Engagement with Ning as a Learning Management System
  16. Modeling Gone Virtual: What Teachers ‘See’ is What Students Get
  17. Communities for Rural Education, Stewardship, and Technology (CREST): Successful Methodologies for STEM Implementation and Influencing Teacher Practice
  18. Development and Effectiveness of Vocabulary Learning Contents for Use with Mobile Phones in Education in Japan
  19. Preservice Educator Learning in a Simulated Teaching Environment
  20. Using Digital Video for Professional Development and Leadership: Understanding and Initiating Teacher Learning Communities
  21. Teachers’ Intentions toward Technology Usage: Do Different Uses Lead to Different Determinants?
  22. Fads and Facts in Technology-Based Learning Environments
  23. A Case Study of Teachers’ Perceptions of Using a Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication System for Spoken English Teaching
  24. Developing a Second Life Academy: Bridging the Implementers’ Learning Gap
  25. Analyzing Peer Feedback in a Technology-facilitated Peer Assessment
  26. Electronic Concept Mapping in a Laptop University: A Cross-Curricular Study
  27. Using Virtual Classroom Cases as Thinking Tools in Teacher Education
  28. Exploring Online Learning through Design and Design-Based Research
  29. Technology Integration for Pre-Service Teachers in a Team-Taught Cohort Experience
  30. An Examination of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Compliance: Are Universities and School Districts Making World Wide Web Learning Resources Available to the Disabled
  31. Authentic Learning Across International Borders: A Cross Institutional Online Project for Pre-service Teachers
  32. From Conventional Spaces to Virtual Places: Enhancing Teacher-Student Communication in the Hybrid/Online Course
  33. Quality Assurance: A Descriptive Study of Online Courses in Higher Education
  34. Relationship of Preservice Teachers’ Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge with their Vocational Self-Efficacy Beliefs
  35. Online Dialogue on Instructional Technology among Education Students in Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America
  36. Creating a Community of Support for Beginning English Teachers
  37. Video Intervision Peer Coaching in Teacher Professionalization: First Online Explorations
  38. Validating a Measure of Teacher Technology Integration
  39. Measuring history: The Teacher as Website Developer
  40. Interaction, Learner Styles, and Content in Online Courses: Implications for Teacher Preparation

TO ORDER, Click Here

368 pages, $10 eBook, $19 soft cover ISBN 1-880094-74-6

Join us for: SITE 2010: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, March 29 – April 2, 2010 * San Diego, CA

Your online resource: Education & Information Technology Digital Library

SITE–Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, Virginia 23327 USA, Phone: 757-366-5606 * Fax: 703-997-8760, E-mail: *

SITE 2010 -Technology & Teacher Ed. Call (San Diego)

March 29 – April 2, 2010, San Diego, CA (Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina)


Submissions Due: Oct. 21, 2009

Organized by:
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Co-sponsored by: Education & Information Technology Digital Library

AVAILABLE (digital & paper formats):
Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2009


SITE 2010 will offer again an alternative Full Paper submission category. "Full Papers (Book)" are Full Paper submissions submitted in their final by Oct. 21. These will be reviewed for publication in a book of selected papers as well as a presentation.


  • Available to Print & Distribute (PDF to print)


  1. Invitation & Call for Papers, Deadline Oct. 21
  2. Scope & Topics
  3. Presentation Categories
  4. Proceedings & Paper Awards
  5. Corporate Participation
  6. For Budgeting Purposes
  7. San Diego, California
  8. Deadlines


SITE 2010 is the 21st annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development.

You are invited to participate in this international forum which offers numerous opportunities to explore the research, development, and applications in this important field. All proposals are peer reviewed.

SITE is the premiere international conference in this field and annually attracts more than 1,200 leaders in the field from over 50 countries.

  • Keynote Speakers & Invited Panels/Speakers
  • Papers (Full & Brief) & Posters/Demonstrations
  • Corporate Showcases & Demonstrations
  • Tutorials/Workshops
  • Roundtables & Symposia


The Conference invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to:

  1. the use of information technology in teacher education, and
  2. instruction about information technology in
    • Preservice
    • Inservice
    • Graduate Teacher Education
    • Faculty & Staff Development

Proposals which address the theory, research and applications as well as describe innovative projects are encouraged.


  • Assessment and E-folios
  • Corporate
  • Digital Video
  • Distance/Flexible Education
  • Electronic Playground
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Games and Simulations
  • Graduate Education and Faculty Development
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Diffusion/Integration
  • International
  • Latino/Spanish Speaking Community
  • Leadership
  • New Possibilities with Information Technologies
  • Web/Learning Communities
  • Workforce Education


  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • Human Languages Education
  • Information Technology Education
  • Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education/Assistive Technology
  • Technological, Pedagogical, And Content Knowledge (TPACK)


The Technical Program includes a wide range of interesting and useful activities designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. These include keynote and invited talks, paper presentations, roundtables, poster/demonstrations, tutorials/workshops, panels, and corporate showcases.


Accepted papers will be published by AACE in the Technology and Teacher Education Annual proceedings series. Books in this series serve as major source documents indicating the current state of teacher education and information technology. This proceedings will be published as a searchable electronic book on CD-ROM.

The Proceedings are internationally distributed through and archived in the Education and Information Technology Digital Library.

First and second paper authors are limited to two papers published in the Annual.


All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards within several categories.

Award winning papers may be invited for publication in the:

Highlighted in the:


A variety of opportunities are available to present research-oriented papers, or to showcase and market your products and services. For information about Corporate Showcases (30 minutes) and Corporate Demonstrations (2-hours, scheduled with the Poster/Demos), click here.


The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be approximately $325 (members); $365 (non-members). Registration includes Proceedings on CD, receptions, and all sessions except tutorials.

The conference hotel, the beautiful Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, is offering SITE a specially discounted guest room rate of $149/169 (single/double).


Where blue skies, miles of beaches, and a gentle Mediterranean climate meet!

It’s not just a conference; it can be a vacation! So plan to join us in San Diego for SITE 2010 a great conference in one of America’s greatest destinations.

For more information about San Diego, CA, USA, see:


  • Proposals Due: Oct. 21, 2009
  • Authors Notified: Dec. 2, 2009
  • Proceedings File Due: Feb. 10, 2010
  • Early Registration: Feb. 10, 2010
  • Hotel Reservation: Mar. 1, 2010
  • Conference: Mar. 29 – April 2, 2010

Join the SITE Community

To be added to the mailing list for this conference, click here.

If you have a question about SITE, please send an e-mail to SITE/AACE Conference Services.

Call for Book Chapter Proposals

“Emerging Technologies for Learning:

Impact on Cognition and Culture”

Published by: AACE–Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

Distributed by:
EdITLib–Educational & Information Technology Digital Library

If you are interested in contributing to a collaborative book on “Emerging Technologies for Learning: Impact on Cognition and Culture,” please visit the following Website:

This book (eBook and hard copy formats) will be published by AACE–Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education and internationally distributed through EdITLib–Educational & Information Technology Digital Library.

The book will be edited by Madhumita (Mita) Bhattacharya, from Athabasca University, Canada, and Massey University, New Zealand; Nada Mach from California State University, Dominguez Hills, as well as Mahnaz Moallem, from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

The idea emerged from a Panel Presentation several of us participated in at the E-Learn Conference in Las Vegas last fall and developed further at our symposium at the ED-MEDIA Conference in Honolulu in last June.

Please send a message to Mita at if you would like to discuss your ideas and participate in writing chapter(s) and/or serve as a reviewer. We will then send you an invitation to join the Wiki.

Timelines are posted on the Wiki, and we anticipate that the chapter should be approximately 15-20 pages in length (single-spaced) 4500-6000 words. Further guidelines on these will also be posted on the Wiki.

We will use the wiki space to initiate discussion on various topics relevant to this book. We plan to organise a symposium at the forthcoming E-Learn conference in Vancouver to discuss further on this book.

Final Call for E-Learn 2009 proposals due: Sept. 8;

What is needed more immediately is a short abstract on your proposed chapter with title and author’s name.  We are looking forward to your contributions!!

Contact: Mita at