High Touch Mentoring for High Tech Integration
Debra Sprague, C. Steve White, George Mason 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 Graduate School of Education (GSE) at George Mason University (GMU) is committed to developing new teachers who not only have the skills they need to develop and teach lessons with technology, but who also have the knowledge needed to distinguish between effective and ineffective uses of technology. In order to help the faculty achieve this goal, a concerted effort was needed to ensure that faculty's use of technology included a variety of advanced learning applications. We submitted a proposal and were awarded a Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Implementation Grant. This project involves pairing GSE faculty with K-12 teachers already proficient in technology for one-to-one mentoring. The K-12 teachers are helping the faculty redesign the teacher education curriculum to include technology, providing models for effective technology use, and demonstrating instructional software programs. The one-to-one support is being supplemented with Webcasts and "best practices" videos on integrating technology.
Sprague, D. & White, C.S. (2001). High Touch Mentoring for High Tech Integration. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2104-2108). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).