Looking Beyond the Face Value of the Technology: Preparing 21st Century Pre-Service Teachers to Engage in Creative, Playful, and Innovative Learning
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This paper discusses an educational technology approach implemented in teacher education course on tutoring in reading where pre-service teachers are encouraged to explore technology tools and to look beyond the face value of the technology toward developing creative and innovative learning experiences for their students. Using an interactive educational technology tool with multiple games pre-service teachers were engaged in exploring ways to leverage teaching practices with technology, providing fundamental content of the disciplines, and supporting student learning with technology to promote creativity. When pre-service teachers are provided with playful opportunities to discover and be creative while being challenged to see beyond the face value of technology, they are encouraged and motivated to create learning opportunities for students that allow them to explore, experiment, design, and create (Resnick, 2007). The authors also discuss the new possibilities of such an approach to leverage teaching and learning practices and bridge content areas.