ERIC Number: ED400785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
Infusing Technology into the Lesson Plans of Early Childhood Preservice Teachers.
Claxton, Melba S.
This practicum was designed to acquaint seven early childhood education majors with various kinds of computer hardware and software. They were required to evaluate the software for its developmental appropriateness. Additionally, their assignment was to write a minimum of two lessons using technology in their 5-day unit plans and to teach one of those lessons to their peers in the college classroom. Log in/journal notebooks for every student were designed for them to log in at least 2 hours of lab work each week, describe the kind of work completed or attempted, and report their feelings about each lab session. Also included in the notebook were records of each student's proficiency in evaluating software, using computer hardware and peripherals, and infusing technology into unit plans. During the practicum, students went on a field trip to a primary grade school where they observed children working at computers. Practicum data reveal that all seven preservice teachers adequately evaluated the software, and all students were able to use five of the six kinds of computer hardware. After meeting the number of expected lab hours, the preservice teachers completed technology assignments required in their lesson plans. Their portfolios containing evidence of this infusion of technology have been placed in the division's central vault for the perusal of other professors in the education division who wish to make similar assignments in other courses. Appendices contain the technology survey cover letter and survey; computer software evaluation form; a check list for hardware and peripherals; log in and journal sheet; and check list for infusion of technology lesson plans. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.