Playing School and Learning Teaching: Using Mixed Reality Simulation to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers
Thursday, March 29 4:15 PM-5:15 PM
In this age of high stakes accountability, how do we prepare teachers to be classroom ready day one? How do we prepare them to feel confident and competent while at the same time allowing them to make the mistakes that have taught us all to be better and more skilled teachers? As education faculty, our time with our teacher candidates is extremely finite and we must find relatively low-cost, low-risk learning and teaching opportunities. Mixed-reality simulation offers our students an opportunity to build their skills and their confidence. This paper will share our work using mixed-reality simulation to prepare teacher candidates at various stages of their preparation from their first education classes to their student teaching experience. We will share the theoretical rationale, methodology, initial findings and implications of our research on pre-service teachers’ experiences with mixed-reality simulation and the effects of it on their competence, confidence and self-efficacy.