Backpacking Across the Digital Divide: Supporting Pre-Service Teachers in Bringing Emerging Technologies to Rural Schools
Holly Atkins, Candace Roberts, Saint Leo University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The experiences of pre-service teachers and university faculty involved in a year-long grant titled “Backpacking Across the Digital Divide” will be shared in this interactive poster session. Presenters will begin by sharing a brief overview of the grant, including its purpose: To offer pre-service teachers in rural, technology-poor locations with technology tools that support the pedagogical best practices learned in university classes. Presenters will share digital photos of grant participants in monthly technology trainings, sample postings and comments made by pre-service teachers and faculty participants on the community blog, and graphical representations of the TPACK survey administered to the pre-service teachers during the grant term. Presenters will also share graphical representations indicating which technology made available to the pre-service teachers was used most frequently in field placements. Presenters will bring a sample digital backpack.
Atkins, H. & Roberts, C. (2013). Backpacking Across the Digital Divide: Supporting Pre-Service Teachers in Bringing Emerging Technologies to Rural Schools. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1226-1228). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).