An Exploratory Study of Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions in Using Free and Open Source Tools

ID: 28847 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Binod Gurung and Joyce Asing-Cashman, New Mexico State University, United States

Wednesday, May 19 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Location: Butterworth 4

Presider: Ya-Fung Chang, Center for Teacher Education, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Abstract: This research is an exploratory study on how pre-service teachers perceive the use of free and open source tools (FOST) in their future teaching. Pre-service teachers are required to complete an array of activities involving the use of FOST: completing webquest lesson plans and writing assignments using OpenOffice Writer, completing a digital learning portfolio using OpenOffice Impress, creating and editing videos using VideoThang, manipulating and editing images using GIMP, and creating a personal class website using Google Sites. Employing the Likert-Scale questionnaire designs, pre-survey and post-survey will be utilized in this study. The participants will be approximately 100 pre-service teachers pursuing their undergraduate teaching degree who are enrolled in the Educational Learning Technology course (EDLT), called Integrating Technology with Teaching (EDLT 368), during the Spring Semester 2010, offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University, USA.


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