ERIC Number: ED460190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Urban Teachers To Use Technology for Instruction. ERIC Digest.
Lonergan, James M.
This digest reviews the current state of teacher preparation for using educational technology to improve student performance and achievement, describing promising initiatives for improving teachers' technology training. Though most teachers have some familiarity with computers, many do not incorporate computer skills into classroom instruction. Educational technology, when used to develop higher-order thinking skills, can positively impact learning. However, teachers in low-income schools often teach about the computer itself and use computers for drill and practice, thus denying students the opportunity to progress to higher-order problem solving. Overall, teacher training does not provide future teachers with the kinds of experiences necessary to prepare them to use technology effectively in the classroom. Researchers recommend integrating technology training into the entire teacher education program rather than offering formal, stand-alone technology courses. Only four states require technology training for teacher recertification, so much remains to be done in this area. A Presidential Panel report recommends that teachers receive in-depth, sustained assistance to integrate computer use into the curriculum and reconcile new methods of technology-enhanced instruction with traditional methods. Various federal programs offer such training. The federal government also facilitates technology learning through support of online learning environments. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Continuing Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 800-601-4868 (Toll Free). For full text: http://eric-web.tc.columbia.edu.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.