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ERIC Number: ED420885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 5
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Technology in Teacher Education: Possibilities and Practicalities.
Long, Kim Martin
For a college educator who works with students seeking certification to teach English, supervising student teachers affords the opportunity to visit many schools in any given semester. In Pennsylvania, school districts fund their own schools (with very little state assistance), so there is immense diversity in terms of access to technology. The educator's institution is in a rural area--nearby are Amish/Mennonite communities, Carlisle, a fairly large city which is progressive and competitive, and Chambersburg, another fairly large town in the vicinity of the university. Students in Chambersburg's high school have a small lab of outdated Macs. West Perry School District has an enterprising English teacher who received 25 old IBM PC's, which her students use as if they were cutting edge equipment. Everett, located in the what seems like middle of nowhere, has Internet-accessed computers in the secondary school, with staff development personnel for training and a grant writer for a project to put student portfolios online. The minimum components necessary for success with technology are the technology itself, software, a dedicated tech support staff, regular staff development on practical implementation of the equipment, a clear plan for technology, and vision. Students need readiness skills, motivation to excel using technology, reliable tools with which to work, and a comprehensive integrated curriculum. Staff needs training and practice, resources (stipends, release time), support in terms of tech and curriculum design, and time and access. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania