Monday, March 31, 2008

Dr. Jay Pfaffman Visit-Instructional Technology

On Monday, March 31st, the district was visited by Dr. Jay Pfaffman. During the visit Drs Pfaffman and Petrosino discussed a number of issues related to technology and instruction in the District. Jay Pfaffman, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN) teaches graduate courses in instructional technology at the University oF Tennessee-Knoxville. His primary research interests are in engagement and motivation. He also looks at ways to help teachers and schools recognize the importance of Open Source Software. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Current projects include using Linux terminal servers in classrooms and studying how former students are using Moodle, and Open Source learning management system, in their schools. Dr. Petrosino and Dr. Pfaffman were colleagues at Vanderbilt University's Learning Technology Center in the 1990's and have worked on a number of projects together over the years.

See Dr. Pfaffman's website:

Recent publications by Dr. Pfaffman:

Pfaffman, J. (2007). It's Time to Consider Open Source Software. TechTrends, 51(3), 38-43. DOI: s11528-007-0040-x. Republished in LinuxInsider in two parts: Part 1, Part 2.

Pfaffman, J. (2007). Transforming instruction without training: A case study of the k12 Linux Terminal Server Project. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007, 363-366, Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Perkins, M., & Pfaffman, J. (2006). Using a course management system to improve classroom communication. The Science Teacher, 73(7), 33-37.

Schwartz, D., Martin, T., & Pfaffman, J. (2005). How mathematics propels the development of physical knowledge. Journal of Cognition and Development, 6(1), 65-88. DOI:10.1207/s15327647jcd0601_5.

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