Global Positioning System (GIS) and Social Interaction Software (SIS) in Teacher Education

ID: 28900 Type: Virtual Brief Paper
  1. Melda N. Yildiz, Fulbright Scholar Turkmenistan, United States
  2. Gul Geldymuradova, Academy of Science, Turkmenistan
  3. Guncha Komekova, US Public Affairs, Turkmenistan

Abstract: This virtual paper presents the role of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Social Interaction Software (SIS) in education; provides the results of research project in Turkmenistan; offers creative strategies and possibilities for integrating GPS and Web 2.0 technologies into the K-12 curriculum with limited resources and equipment; describes participants' reactions and experiences with new technologies; and showcases their curriculum projects. The study conducted while teaching interdisciplinary technology courses and investigated 15 teachers in Turkmenistan. The study explored wide range of meanings participants associated with new media and technologies; impact of GIS and SIS in teacher education; and ways in which participants integrated new media into their projects. Teachers argued challenges and advantages of handheld devices as classroom tools; developed skills in deconstructing existing curricula for improving student outcomes.

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