Exploring Virtual Reality, Synchronous Learning, and Google Apps with Preservice Teachers with an Interactive Technology Workshop and Tutorial

ID: 50665 Type: Best Practices
  1. Peggy Semingson, University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  2. Dana Owens, Matt Crosslin, and Brian Brown, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States

Tuesday, March 7 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Bickler View on map

Presider: Larysa Nadolny, Iowa State University, United States

Abstract: This best practices session focuses on the rationale, structure, content, and procedures of a structured hands-on exploration of advanced technology tools as it connected to literacy-focused instruction for preservice elementary teachers. The technology carnival workshop was attended by preservice teachers and was facilitated by faculty. The rationale for the student-centered technology carnival centered on engaging preservice teachers in a large public university-based teacher preparation program around three technology tools they might not ordinarily consider for technology integration: Virtual Reality, Synchronous Learning, and selected Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Objectives of the technology carnival for preservice teachers included helping preservice teacher to explore and evaluate the tools and to identify applications towards their future literacy teaching in the classroom. Handouts and resources will be provided.

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