Congratulations to Teresa Foulger, Keith Wetzel, Ray Buss and LeeAnn Lindsey from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. They recently received a national award for their research paper describing the college’s evolving approach to teaching technology skills to future teachers.
The award winning paper is entitled “Preservice Teacher Education: Benchmarking a Stand-Alone Ed Tech Course in Preparation for Change.” It earned the SIGTE (Special Interest Group of Teacher Educators) Research Paper Award from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). The award was presented at the organization’s annual conference last month in San Diego.
The topic for the paper originated from the major curriculum redesign process under way in Teachers College. Among the changes being implemented in the new iTeachAZ curriculum is the elimination of a stand-alone course focusing on the use of technology in PreK-12 classrooms. Instead, technology is infused into a group of content methods courses for teacher candidates.
“The paper benchmarks the best practices from the stand-alone educational technology course that we don’t want to lose as the college moves towards an integrated, programmatic approach,” Foulger says. “Educational technology faculty were charged with leading the process. Our first step was to conduct this benchmarking study of the stand-alone course to determine the best practices that could be incorporated into the new program design.”
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