Etiqueta: Educational Technology
NOVA UNAE. A TRANSMEDIA PROJECT TO PROMOTE LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL ERA
The project NOVA UNAE of the National University of Education of Ecuador (UNAE), which we present in this paper, helps teachers to access educational, audiovisual, and transmedia content –useful to them for their own education, as well as to use with their students– through technology and mass media, so that the teachers update their pedagogical and disciplinary knowledge but also practice their skills of using technology and audiovisual material in class. We maintain that this is crucial in times in which digital alphabetization is key for processes of building citizenship.
THE IMPACT OF USING VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS ON ENGLISH PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS AT A DISTANCE PROGRAM
The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of using digital comics by means of ToonDoo for enhancing English as a Foreign Language (EFL) vocabulary learning. A quasi-experimental approach was applied, and the participants included 189 private high school students, who were divided into control (105) and experimental (84) group. The data for this research was gathered through pre and post-tests, a post-questionnaire, and an observation sheet. This data was analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively and demonstrated that students had a positive perception on the use of ToonDoo for learning EFL vocabulary, resulting in an improvement of their academic performance.