SITE Forum Discussion: A U.S. Department of Education National Study of Preservice Technology Integration Programs
Thomas A. Brush, Anne Leftwich, Indiana University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy in the Indiana University School of Education will partner with a Washington, D.C.-area company for a first-of-its kind, $3.1 million project examining how current and emerging technologies are being used in classrooms and how to prepare new teachers to best use these tools.
The "Leveraging Education Technology to Keep America Competitive" study has just begun with a contract through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. Over a technical plan that breaks down into seven "task" areas, the project will produce an overall documentation of how technology is used in the classroom and how preservice teachers are prepared to use technology. While the final report (to be completed in May 2009) will help direct federal policy towards technology in education, a series of other publications and dissemination efforts will be issued throughout the length of the project will give immediate insight into the issues the work is tackling. The topic of our conversation will center around our national study of how teacher preparation programs instruct future teachers on how to best integrate technology for enhanced student learning. Another task involves finding the best ways to get such information out to teachers, often using some of those cutting-edge methods the program will study. The IU researchers are now preparing teams to gather data.
Brush, T.A. & Leftwich, A. (2008). SITE Forum Discussion: A U.S. Department of Education National Study of Preservice Technology Integration Programs. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (p. 5350). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).