How pre-service teachers went from traditional internship to a virtual “Zoom-ternship” during COVID-19: Lessons learned surrounding problems of practice.
Abstract: The year 2020 has been a year like no other in education and the world at large. Teacher preparation programs were minding their business of preparing pre-service teachers to become effective teachers; meeting accreditation standards; writing SPA reports, and preparing students to submit their edTPA portfolio assessment to Pearson. All those activities had to change course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Educator preparation did not stop! However, teacher preparation and especially the internship experience continued in a different way. Teaching and learning changed quickly and was facilitated heavily by technology platforms such as Zoom, Collaborate, and Cisco Webex. These technology platforms became a central part of teacher interns everyday experience of delivering and receiving instruction. The purpose of this interactive session is to share with colleagues the lessons learned regarding the completion of the internship experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants for this session will be from many countries. Therefore, this diverse group of individuals will provide a snapshot of how the internship experience was completed in their respective countries during this pandemic. Lessons learned include the need for clear communication; having all stakeholders in the conversations; monitoring and adjusting in effective ways; utilizing technology effectively with little training; and the need for a comprehensive plan in place to deal with pandemics.
Presider: Natalie Johnson-Leslie, Arkansas State University