Powering Up: How the Organization and Culture of Schools Can Help Teachers Use Technology
Eileen Coppola, Rice University, 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
How do teachers learn to use technology for constructivist teaching? How can the structure and culture of the school support their learning as well as their teaching? Answers to these questions are discussed through the presentation of a year-long research study of a large public high school that has been using technology for constructivist teaching for many years. How the teachers learned to integrate technology is explored from their perspective, then the school's structure, culture, and district/state policy is analyzed to understand how the teachers were supported. This session will be valuable for leaders at any level to better understand what promotes the deep and difficult teacher learning required to use technology well in the classroom.
Coppola, E. (2005). Powering Up: How the Organization and Culture of Schools Can Help Teachers Use Technology. 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. 1784-1789). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).