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Preparing Special Education Teachers to Use Educational Technology to Enhance Student Learning
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International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA),

Abstract

New standards require teachers to integrate the use of technology in their teaching and preparing teachers at the preservice level to integrate technology into the classroom is key. The way in which this is accomplished varies across institutions though often a technology tools course stands as an individual course with the hope professors are modeling the use of technology in their own teaching. In this paper we describe a process of integrating technology knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and content knowledge within a block one course in a special education teacher preparation program. In addition, we use a pre/post and follow-up survey to assess the change in perceptions and use of technology surrounding the course and at the end of the 5-semester program upon completion of student teaching in real world classrooms. Results show teacher candidates report learning about educational technology tools and the integration into their teaching as important and necessary. Learning about and using educational technology integration had statistically significant positive impact on their teaching as well as enhancing the engagement of k-12 students. Specifically, proficiency with Smart board and Movie Maker was positively impacted by the knowledge and skills they developed from the course. The importance of collaboration between teacher preparation programs and field experiences in ensuring the appropriate use of educational technology for learning is emphasized. [For complete proceedings, see ED557311.]

Citation

Wallace, T. & Georgina, D. (2014). Preparing Special Education Teachers to Use Educational Technology to Enhance Student Learning. Presented at International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2022 from .

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