ERIC Number: ED421127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Facilitating Interpersonal Communication with Technology in Principal Preparation Programs.
MacNeil, Angus J.; Harmon, Stephen W.
This paper illustrates and explains the procedures, benefits, and precautions of using technology to personalize the learning experience. Specifically, conferencing technology was used to communicate with the authors of a textbook, "The Handbook for Teacher Leaders," (Leonard Pellicer and Lorin Anderson), used in a principal preparation program. In the fall 1995 semester, graduate students in the Instructional Leadership class at the University of Houston Clear Lake spoke with the authors of the book via Internet-based video conferencing software. The purpose was to aid the students to become more reflective about the content of the book. The overall reaction of students was favorable; comments showed that the session made the authors' messages from the book more personal to the students. Responses indicated that, even when students did not get the answer they wanted, they still felt that their objections were heard. The session had a motivational effect on the students, in addition to an informational purpose. There were many benefits for the authors as well. Preparing for such a conference requires planning and coordination; the overall result will have significant and lasting effects. Contains 12 references. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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