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Technology Integration for the Faculty of Pre-service Teachers: A Professional Learning Community Approach to Preparing 21st Century Teachers
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, , University of Maine Farmington, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

In an undergraduate pre-service teacher program, students are immersed in a "block" of coursework and practicum experience with an interdisciplinary approach to technology integration. However, one semester is not enough. This paper describes the professional development process of a team of faculty and field service supervisors over a three-year period to incorporate technology integration into the entire four-year experience of the future 21st century teachers. A Professional Learning Community was established, three one-day seminars were held each year with a "just-in-time" approach to teaching technology, and a wiki was created to serve as a repository for resources and as documentation of the learning process. The professional development was successful in its intended goal and the rewards exceeded the expectations.

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Overall, T. & Ward, G. (2011). Technology Integration for the Faculty of Pre-service Teachers: A Professional Learning Community Approach to Preparing 21st Century Teachers. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2646-2653). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .

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