Tweaking the Curriculum: Developing a More Purposeful Teacher Preparation Course
Shadow Armfield, Michael Blocher, Northern Arizona University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Since the inception of one educational technology teacher preparation course at a Southwestern College, the faculty has continually reworked the curriculum to better benefit the students and their future classrooms. The course began with a focus on technology, moved to a combined technology and lesson development course and has now morphed completely into a design, development and practice course with the sole purpose of increasing the technological pedagogical content knowledge of the teacher candidates. The course has each student developing and presenting 3 lessons. The students reflect on both the development and presentation. This presentation will unpack the new course design and focus on the level to which students are benefiting from the changes implemented in the classroom? The paper presentation will report on data collected from student reflections to determine if they achieved a deeper understanding of technology integration and preparedness for professional practice.
Armfield, S. & Blocher, M. (2012). Tweaking the Curriculum: Developing a More Purposeful Teacher Preparation Course. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4200-4202). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).