Does Technology Really Make a Difference? – Perspectives from Teacher Education Students
Edmundo F. Litton, Loyola Marymount Univ., United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study analyzes how computers can be used more effectively in teaching in learning. The purpose of this study is to find out how the use of technology makes a difference in learning in a class designed for teacher education students. Data was gathered through a survey that asked students to reflect on their learning experiences immediately after a lesson that utilized computers. The study shows that technology makes a difference in teaching and learning. The students reported that technology made the lesson more meaningful, allowed them to be more creative, and they often learned a lot more than what was intended by the teacher. The use of computer technology in the class also gave the students an excellent way to experience true cooperative learning. The results can influence the design of future lessons that integrate technology in Teacher Education.
Litton, E.F. (2001). Does Technology Really Make a Difference? – Perspectives from Teacher Education Students. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2369-2373). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).