Research summaryThe four best practices listed in the Good Models of Teaching with Technology (GMOTT) spotlight are taken from the work of TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. TERC, The Regional Alliance for Mathematics and Science Education, is dedicated to support K-12 mathematics and science improvement, and it is a partner in the Northeast and Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortia (NEIRTEC), the creators of this spotlight content. TERC has developed face-to-face workshops where these GMOTT practices are explained and demonstrated.
TERC's work, in turn, is drawn from the work of David H. Jonassen, a researcher in the field of instructional technology, and a Professor of Instructional Systems at Pennsylvania State University. Jonassen is the author of "Computers as Mindtools for Schools: Engaging Critical Thinking 2nd Edition" (1999). His work is widely respected and cited as fundamental to much of what is considered "cutting edge" in the field.
Jonassen focuses on individual learner differences as an essential aspect for consideration in the learning process, and he proposes five characteristics for meaningful learning environments. Learning environments should be:
These characteristics have influenced TERC's thinking around the multiple learning strategies proposed in the GMOTT spotlight for the successful and meaningful integration of technology into the K-12 curriculum.