ERIC Number: ED407412
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Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Constructing an Understanding of Electronic Mail: Preservice Teachers Making Connections.
Holm, Daniel T.; Quatroche, Diana J.
This document describes a pilot study to provide an opportunity for preservice teachers enrolled in elementary language arts methods courses at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) and Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) to communicate with one another over time and distance through electronic mail (e-mail). Students at both IUSB and SEMO must enroll in a basic technology course as part of their teacher education program to become familiar with the Internet and e-mail programs. To encourage use of e-mail the 19 students at each campus were required to exchange 6 e-mail messages with a partner, keeping a copy of each transmission sent and received. Students enjoyed the e-mail assignment and discovered that corresponding with someone off campus was informative, therapeutic, and a great way to share lesson ideas. Problems encountered during the semester included various technical difficulties, the reluctance of some students to use the technology, and lack of Internet access at one professional development school. The use of e-mail technology was found to have great potential for these preservice teachers. Through its use preservice teachers were able to share teaching ideas, problems, and concerns; learn alternative ways to help students learn; and exchange web site resources. (ND)
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