ERIC Number: ED459695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
New Directions--Teacher Technology Standards.
Recently there has been significant emphasis on changing teacher preparation programs to ensure that new teachers are prepared to use technology in the classroom. There are several illustrations of this increased attention across the nation, including: the U.S. Department of Education's "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers" program; the "Teacher Preparation StaR Chart: A Self Assessment Tool for Colleges of Education," released by the CEO Forum on Education and Technology; and announcement by the national Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education of new performance-based standards to be used in evaluating teacher preparation programs for accreditation. Previously, technology training in most southern states has been targeted as professional development efforts for current (inservice) teachers. The focus is now on the technology competency of new teachers in state-approved teacher education programs. Georgia, Kentucky, Texas and Virginia have taken new directions to address technology skills of new teachers. The "A Plus Education Reform Act of 2000," enacted by the Georgia legislature effective July 2000, requires students in postsecondary teacher preparation programs to be "proficient in computer and other instructional technology applications and skills." In Kentucky, accredited teacher education institutions are required to prepare teachers to meet new standards, including those for technology, set by the Kentucky Professional Standards Board. The State Board for Educator Certification in Texas has developed standards for all new teachers regardless of teaching field or subject certification. In Virginia, the State Board of Education has adopted a requirement that all teachers will have to demonstrate proficiency in technology for license renewal starting in 2003. Other states across the region have taken different approaches toward implementing technology standards for teachers. Includes Teacher Technology Standards and Licensing Requirements (August 2000) for 16 southern states. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Teacher Education, Training
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 (Stock no. 00T05, $2 plus $2.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/edtech/pubs/newdirections/newdi rections.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeast and Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium, Charleston, WV.; Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.