ERIC Number: EJ867161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-9
Reference Count: N/A
Which Came First--The Technology or the Pedagogy?
T.H.E. Journal, v36 n8 p27-32 Sep 2009
Why is a generation of teachers more knowledgeable about technology than any before it arriving in classrooms with little understanding of how to teach with it? It's a debate that, according to Ann Thompson, director of Iowa State University's Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching, has K-12 and higher education engaged in mutual finger-pointing. Thompson says new teachers need to recognize that technology expertise is no substitute for pedagogical skill. When those same preservice teachers go out to do field work, they can emulate those math lessons with an interactive whiteboard, creating an opportunity for students to explain their thinking and reflect on the solution. In addition, the veteran classroom teacher receives a valuable lesson on how to integrate a digital whiteboard into math instruction. Glen Bull, co-director of the Curry School of Education Center for Technology and Teacher Education at the University of Virginia, notes that at his institution, knowing how to operate a device is a baby step toward understanding technology integration. The author describes programs that integrate online technologies to education and create a technology plan for a school or district, where participants are working in partnership with their administrators.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Technology Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Educational Resources
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Michigan