ERIC Number: ED432548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul-30
Expanding Preservice Teachers' Tools for Effective Teaching.
This paper discusses how one university infused technology into physical-education (PE) methods courses required for all students seeking K-12 certification in PE or a minor in PE. The researcher began by designing and developing interactive Internet-based course material using WebCT. She converted the course syllabus and class lecture notes and identified useful web links to help students with their learning and application of course content. WebCT's bulletin board was used to develop a volunteer national network of mentor health and PE instructors. This allowed mentors and PE methods students to engage in dialogue throughout the semester. Another network was established collaboratively with another university's health and PE instructor so students at both schools could exchange ideas and concerns. The researcher constructed several multimedia interactive tutorial programs to teach students the content used in the Physical Education Teacher Assessment Instrument. Finally, she constructed a web page that shares information; highlights students' home pages; enhances communication between student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors; and promotes the teaching program. She surveyed methods course students and mentors to determine their reaction to technology integration. Results indicated that the mentors liked the experience much more than the students, though both groups considered the experience enjoyable and were glad they had participated. (Contains a list of Internet resources.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Technology in PE and Sport (Chattanooga, TN, July 30, 1999).