The Unit of Practice: A Roadmap for Technology Integrated Learning
Ines Marquez Chisholm, Carol Beckett, Maria Cardelle-Elawar, Arizona State Univ. West, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Teacher integration of technology in K-8 teaching has remained limited despite increasing connectivity and increasing numbers of computers in classrooms. Few teachers use analytic and project-oriented software on a frequent basis. Rrecent teacher education graduates report that they do not feel prepared to integrate technology in their curriculum. To address this low technology integration in teaching, ASU West. through its PT3 grant, is introducing preservice teachers and their mentor teachers to the Unit of Practice (UOP). The UOP, a product of Apple's ACOT project, builds on several learning theories, addresses educational standards, and provides a framework for organizing thought and integrating technology into classroom instruction. It helps classroom teachers guide students' learning through multiple sources of information. The authors discuss the nature of the UOP, how teacher-student teacher pairs develop UOPs that reflect standards, and how the UOPs are assessed in this PT3 project.
Chisholm, I.M., Beckett, C. & Cardelle-Elawar, M. (2001). The Unit of Practice: A Roadmap for Technology Integrated Learning. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2018-2022). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).