Preparing Pre-service Teachers with Authentic Experiences in a Live Simulated Classroom

ID: 51989 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Abigail Pruitt and Anthony Cuevas, Southern Methodist University, United States

Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D View on map

Presider: Rashid Khan, DCC- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Undergraduate pre-service teacher education programs in the United States involve valuable, varied practicum opportunities in local schools In the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, faculty have enriched this experience by integrating a human-operated, augmented reality, simulated system, into the curriculum, to prepare future teachers for their practicum and student teaching experiences SMU Mursion is a live, interactive classroom simulation with that allows participants to target specific skills, issues and contexts in a realistic environment The program is online space with five childlike avatars where college students can become teachers Each child has a name, bio of their background, classroom behaviors, and learning needs Simulation specialists meet with faculty before the teaching scenario to identify specific instructional and behavioral details associated with an assignment which provides richer feedback, and a more realistic environment than in class role play and peer audiences Student feedback and evaluations of this simulations have been overwhelmingly positive and have led faculty to integrate SMU Mursion more extensively in the undergraduate Educational Studies major Dr Cuevas and Dr Pruitt will provide session participants with images of the classroom, a sample lesson plan preparation protocol and a short video clip of a simulation conducted in Spring 2017


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