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ERIC Number: ED451154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-3
Pages: 14
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Project MAGNETIC CONNECTIONS: Infusing Technology into California Lutheran University's Preservice Teacher Preparation Program.
Bryde, Beverly R.; Mahler, James; Murray-Ward, Mildred; Gathercoal, Paul; Bartell, Carol
California Lutheran University's (CLU's) School of Education created Project MAGNETIC CONNECTIONS to strengthen links between teacher preparation programs and K-12 schools through real-time connections and shared learning opportunities between partners. Three technology-rich schools became laboratories for learning for CLU students and faculty, connected via distance learning capabilities to CLU students on other campuses. All students developed Web-based electronic portfolios that documented their progress through preservice education. They were taught and mentored by highly trained teacher educators and visiting scholars. The project included conferences and workshops to redesign the teacher preparation curriculum to infuse technology into teaching and learning. It used a participatory evaluation design. Higher education faculty, preservice teachers, and K-12 teachers were evaluated. Evaluation included document analysis of course syllabi, portfolio contents, and training materials; pre-post technology use surveys of faculty and student teachers; focus groups with faculty and preservice teachers; and analysis of online transcripts. Results indicated that progress was achieved in five areas: developing and maintaining K-12 partnerships; implementing a Web-based electronic portfolio system; providing professional development for teacher educators; implementing the use of distance learning technologies; and revising the teacher preparation curriculum to infuse technology. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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