Steve Tanksley
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I am a special education teacher and getting my PhD in Learning and Technology.

Interests in Educational Technology

My interests are wide and I read just about anything in the area of educational technology. I also am interested in developing educational software applications.

Specifically, my research areas of interest are:
1) Incorporating technology to promote Problem Based Learning.

2) Using technology to promote inclusive practices.

Application areas of interest include:

1) Using the Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, STARLOGO, and SCRATCH programs to help students develop problem solving skills.

2) Using video to augment instruction.

3) Develop technology based educational resources.

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Using Tablets in Assistive Technology #1

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 11:50pm 0 Comments

One promise on the horizon in the field of assistive technology is the promise of the usage of tablets. With the use of tablets, devices could be customized to meet the needs of the individual students. Specific apps that could downloaded on the tablet that could provide services needed for each student. In fact in Nova University is currently…


eTextbook Update

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

According to the Columbus Dispatch, some Democratic legislators in state of Ohio are pursuing mandatory e-textbooks for college students. The hope is that it will reduce the cost of textbooks for college students by as much as 50%. Should save a lot of trees and money on chiropractor bills, as well.

Learning and Technology PhD at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 6:33pm 1 Comment

If anyone is interested in advancing their education in educational technology, I highly recommend the Learning and Technology program at UNLV. The L & T program is a joint program of the Curriculum and Instruction Department and the highly regarded Educational Psychology Department. The faculty are wonderful teachers and noted scholars in the field.

As many of you are aware, educational technology is rapidly growing emerging field of research in the field of education. If any of… Continue

Digital Textbook Idea Spreading

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 10:26pm 0 Comments

The Lone Star State has jumped into the move toward digital textbooks. A recent bill signed by Gov. Perry allows for school districts to have more flexible spending with their textbook money to incorporate technology. This will allow districts to invest in other ways that may be far more affordable adding more "bang for the buck". California and Texas usually set the trend for how education goes, due to their large populations. Here is the… Continue

Web Quest for Lego Mindstorms NXT

Posted on June 28, 2009 at 7:00am 2 Comments

If any of you use or interested in using the Lego Mindstorms NXT, I recently made a Web Quest to use in the classroom. It includes printable handouts that can be used in the activity, as well as lots of resources on getting started.

The Web Quest can be found at:

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At 9:28am on June 19, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Steve,

With your interest in Learning and Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.



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