Using Vodcasting to Enrich Teacher Education and Advance Social Justice
Abstract: Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of our lives. Research demonstrates that effective technology integration deepens and enhances the learning process. Effective technology integration must happen across the curriculum in schools P-12. For this to occur, teacher education programs must provide more opportunities for future educators to embrace educational technologies and develop needed skill sets. Additionally, teachers P-12 must be prepared to teach an increasingly diverse population of children and youth. Today’s teacher education programs are charged with preparing teachers who are aware of and responsive to continuous technological change and prepared to teach in increasingly diverse classrooms. To address these significant challenges, this presentation will share ideas for including advocacy vodcasting or video podcasting in teacher education courses. More specifically, we will discuss a project that encourages teacher candidates to research and advocate for a group of culturally diverse, socially marginalized students through the creation of a vodcast. Integrating vodcasting in teacher education courses provides pre-service teachers with opportunities to practice enhanced inquiry, to engage in dynamic collaboration, and to experience teaching and learning from a student-centered. This presentation will illuminate multiple benefits of having pre-service teachers engage in advocacy vodcasting. Examples will be shared, including how advocacy vodcasting can build teacher candidates’ skills and competence in using educational technology, expand teacher candidates’ understanding of cultural diversity, and develop teacher candidates’ social justice advocacy skills. Examples on how vodcasting also increases learning engagement and actively supports the needs of diverse learners will be shared. This presentation invites fellow teacher education programs to integrate advocacy vodcasting projects into the curriculum, and ultimately increase learning and impact for diverse P-12 students.