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Early Experiences with SimMentoring: From Virtual to Real Teaching
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, Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching & Learning, United States ; , University of North Texas, United States ; , , Dept. of Teacher Education & Administration, UNT, United States ; , Dept. of Technology & Cognition, UNT, United States ; , Curriculum & Instruction, UNT, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

SimMentoring is a three-year project awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Education Fund For the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to the University of North Texas and Curveshift Inc. The project combines human mentoring with exposure to a wide range of simulated students through a Web-based computer application (simSchool) that dynamically simulates classroom behaviors and activities. The innovation of the simMentoring approach lies in its capacity to allow teachers many learning trials with simulated students, thereby increasing teacher confidence, competence, and retention. This paper focuses on early (first year) experiences and lessons learned from a variety of project participant perspectives.

Citation

Christensen, R., Knezek, G., Patterson, L., Wickstrom, C., Overall, T. & Hettler, L. (2007). Early Experiences with SimMentoring: From Virtual to Real Teaching. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1186-1188). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 27, 2020 from .

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