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Technology Outreach Workshops: Helping Teachers to Climb Over the Technology Threshold by Engaging Their Classes
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, , University of Victoria, Canada

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Teachers may avoid adopting or persevering with new technologies for a variety of reasons. Their inexperience and lack of familiarity with the potential tools may limit their ability to envision and effectively integrate new technologies into their classroom curriculum. A lack of familiarity with effective pedagogical practices with respect to using these new technologies may discourage deviation from the status quo. Finally, access and familiarity with school computers and labs may be an issue. We suggest that barriers to successful adoption of effective educational technologies in the classroom may be separated into three categories: uncertainty, threshold and friction. To support and promote change in the classroom scaffolding must be provided so that teachers can more accurately assess the threshold and friction costs and the uncertainties associated with integration of new technologies into their teaching practice. Outreach workshops and pre-service teacher workshops are two mechanisms that we propose to accomplish this.

Citation

Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2008). Technology Outreach Workshops: Helping Teachers to Climb Over the Technology Threshold by Engaging Their Classes. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4273-4278). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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