A Winning Combination: Students as Technology Mentors for Teachers
Michelle Cline, Mary Starr, University of Michigan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-25-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
There are a variety of exciting and stimulating educational technology materials available for classroom use. Access to the Internet provides a host of opportunities for exploration and resources on an endless variety of topics for students and teachers. Software tools are being developed and implemented that enable members of an educational community to manipulate and display data and think about concepts at a higher level (Becker, 1994; Marcinkiewicz, 1994). However, all of these technological resources are only as good as the classroom teacher. Given the nation’s interest in improving education for students, the lack of attention to teachers is ironic, for at the center of effective use of instructional technologies by students are those who oversee the daily activities of the classroom—the teachers. . . . Educational technologies are not self-implementing, they do not replace the teacher. (Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), 1995, p. 1)
Cline, M. & Starr, M. (1997). A Winning Combination: Students as Technology Mentors for Teachers. In J. Willis, J. Price, S. McNeil, B. Robin & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1997--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 415-419). Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).