Digital Neophytes: Creating a Digital Technology Course for Pre-Service Teachers

ID: 52518 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Ricky Mullins and Amanda Biviano, Virginia Tech, United States
  2. Ariel Cornett, University of Virginia, United States
  3. Todd Ogle and David Hicks, Virginia Tech, United States

Thursday, March 29 10:55 AM-11:15 AM

Presider:
Nance Wilson, SUNY College at Cortland, United States

This paper describes the design of a digital technology course for pre-service teachers in social studies and English Language Arts. We first provide a brief literature review that highlights the need to support pre-service teachers in using technology in the classroom. We then explain the components of our course. Finally, we provide preliminary findings from end of class reflections from pre-service teachers that capture their diverse experiences in the course. Findings suggest that most pre-service teachers had not evaluated technology for classroom use. Therefore, more courses are needed that allow pre-service teachers to develop a critical eye towards technology use in the classroom.

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