Making EdTech Happen in Educator Prep Programs: Meeting Accreditation Standards & Engaging Pre-Service Teachers
Tuesday, March 19 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Celebrity Ballroom 1&2
Abstract: Edtech provides a unique opportunity for educator preparation programs to demonstrate innovation and ingenuity in meeting accreditation requirements set forth by federal and state agencies. With flexibility regarding how these requirements can be met, programs can be creative and distinct with their approaches, as long as they clearly document how they collect and analyze assessment data for continuous improvement. In that regard, this panel will open with overviews that explain how two educator preparation programs are working to meeting accreditation requirements for edtech, which includes both the creation of key assessments and support systems to ensure they are implemented with fidelity. The panel will then turn its attention to three project-focused methods being used to prepare pre-service teachers to use edtech effectively in their teaching. The connection between the accreditation requirements and methods presented in this panel is that the methods learned by the pre-service teachers are intended to document how the educator preparation programs are working to satisfy the requirements set forth by the accrediting bodies. This panel is structured so that the panelist will first share their methods along with examples around these topics before facilitating a discussion with attendees.