Learning to teach with technology – From Integration to Actualization.
Carla Zembal-Saul, Belinda Gimbert, The Pennsylvania State 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
The purpose of this paper is to highlight technology infusion within a unique professional development school (PDS) context. Emphasis is placed on teaching interns (preservice elementary teachers in their final year of preparation) who were introduced to applications of technology through their university coursework. Opportunities to explore technology use in the classroom were afforded through a year-long and school based internship. These preservice teachers experienced multiple ways integrate a wide range of technologies that were designed to enhance and support student learning. The following aspects are highlighted in this paper: program context, approach to technology integration in university coursework, five case studies of technology infusion in the context of elementary classrooms, and implications for learning to teach with technology. The case studies include: Grade 1 – Prehistoric Life with the Dinosaurs using Kid Pix; Grade 2 – Exploring the Seasons; Grade 3 – Where do Insects go during the Winter? Grade 4 – Representing Nutritional Information through Electronic Graphing; and last, Grade 5 – How can the Internet be used effectively to enhance Human Body instruction for Fifth Grade Students?
Zembal-Saul, C. & Gimbert, B. (2001). Learning to teach with technology – From Integration to Actualization. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1813-1819). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).