The Current Use of Technology in Elementary Schools: Implications for Teacher Education
Cheryl Franklin, University of Virginia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Over the past several years there has been much emphasis placed on preparing preservice and inservice teachers to use technology for classroom instruction. In fact, the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) grants were designed to address the challenge of preparing teachers to use technology in their teaching. What impact have these efforts had in elementary classrooms? The research literature informs us that elementary teachers primarily use technology (computer and/or Internet) for administrative and preparatory tasks and not for classroom instruction. When technology is used in elementary classrooms, it is primarily for word processing activities. Are teachers who have been well prepared to use technology in their teaching and with their students doing so? This paper presents a review of the literature on ways in which technology is being used in elementary classrooms and the implications for teacher education programs.
Franklin, C. (2003). The Current Use of Technology in Elementary Schools: Implications for Teacher Education. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3262-3268). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).