Using Technology to Facilitate Mentoring Programs for Preservice Art Teachers
Phyllis Thompson, John Siskar, Buffalo State College, United States ; Rachel Lyons, Buffalo Visual and Performing Arts, United States ; Will Cavanaugh, Houghton Academy, United States ; Cheryl Jackson, Bennett Park Montessori Center, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The presentation discusses how mentoring new art teachers using technology and cyberspace collaborations can significantly improve the quality of their teaching. Our project has Buffalo City School District art teachers (mentors) using technological tools and face-to-face meetings to mentor Buffalo State Art Education Department preservice students (interns) as they implement cutting edge curriculum strategies under the direction of college faculty while teaching elementary public school students. Interns teach lessons in field placements while being digitally videotaped. They upload the videos and a critical reflection of their teaching to a secure server. Volunteer mentors receive a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer that allows them to view the interns' videos. Mentors receive instruction in the use of the computer and specific software and Internet applications relevant to the project. Mentors also use the computer as a teaching station in their classroom.
Thompson, P., Siskar, J., Lyons, R., Cavanaugh, W. & Jackson, C. (2005). Using Technology to Facilitate Mentoring Programs for Preservice Art Teachers. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2857-2859). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).