The Mouse Ate My Homework! Technology in Classrooms: Blessing or Curse

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ivy Tech Community College
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The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices

Our Spring 2019 CFP Theme:

The Mouse Ate My Homework! Technology in Classrooms: Blessing or Curse

 The 21st century arena is digitized and technologically infused. Every morning, I wake up to the digital alarm set in my cellphone. I spend a good amount of time ‘talking’ to my Goggle Assistant for things as diverse as a Denver Omelet recipe to local weather to finding medical information for my fur babies! In short, I probably will not survive (not happily at least) a single day without using my gadgets. I am sure we all have similar experiences and can relate to the role technology is playing today. As we become more habituated to using multiple forms of technology in our daily lives, its value in terms of learning and teaching becomes increasingly pronounced. The demand and expectation of integrating technology in our classrooms is rising exponentially. While the value of technology integration in classrooms as tools to enhance performance outcomes and motivation cannot be denied, it is equally true that such integration comes with its unique set of challenges.

Thus, in this issue we invite articles that share experiences of teachers and students in the context of technology integration in classrooms. Some of the questions these articles can address are: Is technology integration in classrooms interfering or augmenting learning? Can ‘smart’ gadgets make us dumb by interfering in our cognitive development or are our cognitive abilities being replaced with newer, enhanced forms by using technology? What challenges do teachers and students face when working with technology-based curriculum? What technologies work better for learning and why? Note that while these questions provide a guideline to our expectations, we are open to any other ideas that deal with the overarching theme of this issue.

We welcome innovative, creative and critical narrative essays, or research-based articles of 6,000 or less words, excluding the bibliography, written in APA 6 style. Appropriate articles must demonstrate to readers the practical application of research and creative ideas!  Our goal is to share best practices with colleagues with the hope of making a difference in the lives of students and fellow-Faculty at colleges and universities around the world. We do not accept previously-published material. The Atrium has published consistently twice annually since 2010. To view our current and archived issues, please go to http://nwi.ivytech.edu/atrium/ . To SUBMIT your article please email it to atriumivy@gmail.com.  Questions may be addressed to Dr. Papia Bawa, Ph.D., Managing Editor of The Atrium, at pbawa@ivytech.edu.

The Atrium is not your run-of-the-mill academic journal! It is a unique, peer-reviewed, cross-disciplinary electronic journal that engages readers around the world. Articles are published from faculty at two- and four-year colleges who seek to share their best ideas. Articles are also listed through EBSCO on their searchable databases. Submission deadline for our spring 2019 issue is April 30, 2019.

Atrium Special Section: Student Writing Contest

We are starting new Special Section for spring 2019. For this section we invite student-Faculty collaborative submissions, which students have written for their course work or related to the course subject matter and Faculty have reviewed and helped improve. Essentially, the final work will be the fruit of the combined efforts of the teacher and the taught. Students must contact their Faculty or vice versa, if they find student work that they wish to submit to Atrium. Submissions displaying a high scholarly input, critical thinking and impeccable writing conventions are welcome. Three final submissions will be selected by the Atrium board for participation in a ‘best article’ contest. For this selection, the selected article’s will be de-identified and votes will be cast anonymously by reviewers. If there are ties, a random selection will be used to finalize the winner. This will be a great way to showcase student and Faculty collaboration, and could be a valuable inclusion in resumes/CVs.

The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices

Sharing best practices with colleagues throughout the disciplines and around the world.