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Summary

There are four groups of resources that will be helpful:
1. mentoring in general - what works, what doesn't, students, and collaboration,
2. online learning issues (how to develop, how to use, successful models),
3. training teachers in/on techonolgy integration, including tech centers and labs, and
4. specific mentoring programs.

The most significant piece of research is that by Robert Polselli who is modelling what I want to do successfully with the addition of web modules for "tweening" sessions. Along with the Wake Forest Stars program, it is a key component in what has been done in this field that supports what I want to do.

Ah-ha idea from reading: If I learn by teaching, so will teachers. It will be critical to build into this program a component for those just learning tech to teach it to someone else - either a peer or their students.

Note: I have not included the texts in this list. As I touch on the texts as I write, I will add them to this list for bibliographic purposes.

Student Mentor

Wake Forest University - The mission of the STARS Program is to bring students and faculty together in a joint effort to explore the use of technology in teaching and learning. The Program provides the resources to hire and train students to work one-on-one with faculty to develop the critical mass of technological understanding on campus.
Andrea Ellis - Manager, Student Programs
Information Systems Ph: 758 - 5152 e-mail: ace@wfu.edu
Learning Center On this web portal, you can review the history of learning support centers in higher education along with...collections of resources in articles, books, associatons, listservs, etc.
Tech Planning North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Guiding Questions for Technology Planning
Mentoring Combining web-based training and mentorship to improve technology integration in the K-12 classroom. Robert Polselli. Doctoral research. Fits closely with what I believe - want to do.
Learning Center  Ten Principles - hard for me to get excited about these as it seems to be all about the building and not the using of the learning center
Teacher Training  Intel's resources for teachers and classroom tech integration ideas. Interesting success stats - impressive.

Teacher Practice

Biology Exploration Through Technology: taking the leap from theory to practice.
This article describes a yearlong project to develop and implement new approaches to instruction in the study of biology. An engaged learning methodology was employed to collaboratively integrate technology into classrooms across educational institutions (second grade through the University level).

Mentoring

Teacher mentoring and collaboration.
Teacher mentoring and collaboration can help faculty to develop technology proficiency within the parameters of related school of education reform efforts. Many outstanding mentoring programs for teachers, students, and administrators are in operation throughout the U.S.
Mentoring A technology partnership: lessons learned by mentors.
This article discusses the lessons learned when instructional technology graduate students act as mentors to elementary teachers in a rural school in Ohio. The transformation of graduate student mentors and teacher mentees provides inspiration for mentoring in elementary schools.
Mentoring Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit (CLIU) is proud to offer the Technology Mentor Program. Each year, classroom teachers in all school districts in Carbon and Lehigh counties are invited to participate in this training program.
Student Mentoring The Technology Mentor Program - UC/Davis mentoring program. For the past decade we have worked with Information and Educational Technology Division's Lab Management group to develop computer classrooms for teaching composition, helping to usher in a new age of electronically mediated teacher-student and student-student communication.
Book
The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships by Lois J. Zachary. Our assessment office has this book and recommends it. It is on my list and relates to the Faculty Development Task Force work with mentors.
Book
Effective Teaching and Mentoring: Realizing the Transformational Power of Adult Learning Experiences (Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series) by Laurent A. Daloz. It's the transformational part of this that intrigues me.
Book How Teachers Learn Technology Best, Jamie McKenzie
7. Find out what turns them on. The most change occurs when someone "buys in." They are most apt to "buy in" when their personal passions and interests are at stake. "What's in it for me?" In all too many districts no one ever asks. There is too little time spent figuring out what turns people on to learning new tools. Wise districts periodically ask teachers of all types what issues are most important to them and how they prefer to learn. Example: "Technology in my Life Survey" - http://fromnowon.org/techlife.html
Book Who Learns What for Cases and How? Lundeberg, Levin, & Harrington. p 57. The goal of using cases for preservice development was not to provide the solutions on how to teach math, but rather to 'expand their knowledge base so that they can better assess their materials and decisions.' That is my point precisely: providng the answers is a short term solution (and getting shorter every year as the technolgy continues to evolve). Providing the tools to assess which teaching methods work for them along with enough knowledge to learn and apply them is a more lasting approach. The authors point out that through the cases, teachers are able to develop a evaluative approach to teaching decisions and techniques in general (p. 65). Of signifigance is that cases appear to motivate change from within by encouraging the teacher to develop an inner critical eye through the increased autonomy (p. 68). 'professional judgement and teacher empowerment' (p. 69)
Book A Vision of Vygotsky, Joan Wink and LeAnn Putney, 2002.
Book How People Learn, Bransford, Brown, and Cocking, 2000
Book The Children's Machine by Seymour Papert, 1993

Papert (p 48) calls this fluency. He makes an important distinction between the fluency itself and 'learning the feel of fluency.' He articulates exactly what I am hoping to achieve. Feeling the fluency will lead to transference of tech integration and improved teaching and learning across the curriculum.

Papert calls this transference 'freedom of choice to use the computer in a manner that would express their personal styles of work.' (p. 78) However, he notes that this must be rooted in 'sufficient expertise.' For me this is expertise in technology - both the basic tech skills as well as an awareness of the opportunities afforded by more advanced tech - and in teaching methodology and theory of knowledge (p. 63)

Book The Book of Learning and Forgetting, Frank Smith
Book Mind in Society, L. S. Vygotsky. Harvard Univeristy Press, 1938.
Book The Powser of Mindful Learning, Ellen J. Langer; 1997.
Book
Being an Effective Mentor: How to Help Beginning Teachers to Succeed by Kathleen Feeney Jonson.
Tech Integration Successfully Integrating Technology. ERIC Digest. ERIC Identifier: ED422989
Publication Date: 1998-08-00
Author: Leider, Steven
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges Los Angeles CA.

Tech Integration Tech4Learning - Professional development that provides immediate integration ideas and continuity between what is learned and how it is implemented.
Online Component The Concord Consortium - Realizing the Promise of Educational Tehcnology. Useful for the online component of my ARP. Good resources (ideas, lesson plans, courses, and people) for how to approach online learning.
Teacher Training Online Internet Insititute - reshaping the nature of teaching and learning by helping educators and students use the Internet to improve achievement in the classroom.
Teacher Training Staff Development Org - Accessed from the From Now On site,
Teacher Training Traveling the Techno Trail: Training Teachers to Use Technology, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. 'The goal should be to move teachers along a staff development continuum, taking them from non-users of technology to creative appliers and integrators who seamlessly integrate technology into content area instruction.' (http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech157.shtml, )
Tech Integration Review of MacKenzie's Leading in a Culture of Change ~ has good points on the nature of change. Might be all that is necessary from the books
Teacher Training Professional Development Workshop on line - Horse Before the Cart: Staff Development is #1
  ASCD tutorial on Action Research includes resources and readings
 Mentoring  Pepperdine's Mentoring Center has resources for mentoring created by the OMAET cadres as part of the mentoring course..
 Mentoring Oregon Mentor Program Handbook has specific ideas for goals, partnerships, roles & responsibilities, timeline, mentor selection and matching, professional development, & assessment
Teacher Training Benton Report on what schools that do tech well have in common.
 Student Mentoring  Union City High School in NJ (GLEF link) revamped their failing school to avoid government takeover
Tech Integration Villa Duchesne Academy is a local private school with a tech coordinator that implemented a program for teacher training in tech this private school where all teachers were told in August they were to have a tech classroom and use it! She also implemented a program in a local public school system with teachers opting to participate.
Web Site American Association of Colleges and Universities article on defining faculty development
Book Oversold and Underused; Computers in the Classroom. Larry Cuban
Book In Schools We Trust, Deborah Meier, 2002
Book Mentoring ~ The TAO of Giving and Receivng Wisdom, Huang and Lynch,1995