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Creating a Community of Technology Users: Students Become Technology Experts for Teachers and Peers
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, Purdue University, United States ; , Virginia Tech, United States ; , , Purdue University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 8, Number 1, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The intent of this project was to create a community of learn-ers to facilitate the implementation of computer technologies in the elementary school curriculum. Our project plan was designed to lessen or eliminate common barriers to technolo-gy integration through implementation of a "bottom-up" ap-proach to technology training. Elementary students were pro-vided with specialized technology training each week in an effort to increase technology use in the classroom setting. By training a cadre of students in specific technologies to be-come computer "experts," teachers and peers had ready ac-cess to a technology resource. This paper describes our ap-proach to teacher technology development through the use of student trainers. The benefits and limitations of this approach are discussed along with a description of the revisions made during the project's second year based on evaluative data from key participants.

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Hruskocy, C., Cennamo, K.S., Ertmer, P.A. & Johnson, T. (2000). Creating a Community of Technology Users: Students Become Technology Experts for Teachers and Peers. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 8(1), 69-84. Charlottesville, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 19, 2019 from .

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