ERIC Number: ED477713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Technology Mentor Fellowship Program, Performance Period September 23, 1999-December 30, 2002. 1999 PT3 Grant Final Report.
The Technology Mentor Fellowship Program (TMFP), a consortium consisting of 6 rural East Texas school districts, 1 urban Central Texas School district, and Texas A&M University has designed an approach for integrating technology into teacher preparation programs that impacted over 5,000 minority, language-minority, and children of poverty and of geographic isolation to access teachers that are prepared to teach in their increasingly high-tech classrooms. The TMFP matched technologically-proficient pre-service teachers with K-12 teachers and University faculty to model technology as an instructional tool in K-12 classrooms and college classrooms. Undergraduate student mentors and a Web-based resource bank supported campus and school-based teacher preparation faculty involved in professional development. Across the three years of this grant, 628 Technology Fellow placements have provided one-on-one technology support to teacher education faculty. The Tech Fellow faculty dyads have collaboratively developed 1,043 learning objects across a wide range of content areas for learners from kindergarten through graduate school. Many of these digital learning objects have been integrated into online courses. Through their direct experience with technology instructional development, both the Technology Fellows and their faculty partners have gained a greater appreciation of what is possible regarding technology applications for their classrooms. The project staff and external evaluation team remained stable across the project as the continuing implementation of the redesigned elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs was supported. The elementary program has 9 Professional Development Schools (PDS) and 17 Integrated Methods Schools (IMS). Integrated Methods Schools are pairs of schools that support the field-based teacher preparation programs. Actual methods of teaching course experiences are conducted at the school sites. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Fellowships, Higher Education, Instructional Development, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Research Foundation, College Station.
Identifiers - Location: Texas