simSchool - Preparing Tommorow's Teachers to Improve Student Learning
David Gibson, The Vermont Institutes, United States ; Bill Halverson, Western Oregon University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Western Oregon University and The Vermont Institutes will create a preservice technology initiative that uniquely prepares teachers to improve student learning. The initiative will document growth in future teachers' results-oriented abilities by using a powerful new classroom and school simulation tool (simSchool) within their preparation program experience. Over a three-year period, the goals of the simSchool partnership are to: (1) Develop simulated classrooms of students with individual performance profiles appropriate to elementary, middle and high schools (2) Implement simulations that will provide preservice students with new technology tools and processes that increase preservice students' skills in results-driven classroom practices. (3) Document the impact of the implementation on future teachers' effectiveness in achieving improved student results using quasi-experimental and observational methods. (4) Disseminate the findings to national networks and others..
Gibson, D. & Halverson, B. (2004). simSchool - Preparing Tommorow's Teachers to Improve Student Learning. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3318-3321). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).