The Role of Technology in Teacher Education: Preparation for the Twenty-First Century Classroom
The increasing availability and usefulness of computers in the classroom has made computer literacy not a luxury but a necessity for most schools. Recent studies have shown that teachers have not been adequately trained to use such educational technology. However, several training models can be used by colleges of education to meet this need. A course in computer literacy, such as "Introduction to Computers" can be added to the curriculum. Many colleges of education have restructured an audiovisual training course or added an educational technology course. Another method is to integrate the educational uses of technology throughout the courses in the curriculum. A state inservice or certification requirement may be the impetus for needs-based courses in minimum technology competencies. An integrated followup approach could begin in preservice training and continue through a university-collaborated inservice program. In planning to use these models, three factors must be considered: the future needs of the users; the applications of computers to educational settings; and the impact of technology on school settings. (FG)
Diem, R.A. The Role of Technology in Teacher Education: Preparation for the Twenty-First Century Classroom.