Creating an Online Multicultural Field Experience for Technology Facilitator Candidates
Hilary Wilder, Heejung An, William Paterson University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
With the goal of preparing our graduate education students to work effectively with diverse populations, this study explores an online field experience between technology facilitator candidates in the US and K-12 teachers in Namibia. As part of the requirement, candidates mentor Namibian teachers in the design and development of WebQuests to be used in Namibian classrooms. In terms of a technology-based field experience, we are looking at candidates’ ability to support fellow teachers’ technology-integration goals and their ability to mentor via an online distance learning technology. In addition, in terms of diversity and equity competencies, we will examine our candidates’ knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding the impact of the ethnic/racial, cultural/linguistic, socio-economic, historical/political and ethical/legal context on the successful incorporation of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning.
Wilder, H. & An, H. (2009). Creating an Online Multicultural Field Experience for Technology Facilitator Candidates. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2364-2367). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).