Technology for Preservice Teachers: “Driver Education” for the Information Superhighway
Jean Anne Hattler, Chatham College, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 7, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
The rapid advances in technology present challenges to collegiate departments of education in their preservice-teacher coursework. Specifically, in this paper, the use of the Internet's World Wide Web (WWW), the information superhighway, is presented as one important way to integrate technology and the vast amount of information it makes available. The discussion includes a look at the current and future implementations of technology in American education. If preservice teachers are to become technologically literate and bring technology into their classrooms effectively, it is imperative that preservice teachers experience online learning. Thus, websites offer "driver education" for traveling the information superhighway to preservice teachers. A myriad of websites which cover topics from children's literature to favorite adolescent authors to specific content areas as math, science, art, music, social studies, health, multicultural, and physical education are included. Websites offer online learners a variety of lesson plans, teaching styles, and strategies for learning situations. Additionally, websites and Internet chat rooms address issues specific to developmental or academic needs of students, professional growth, and state and national reform efforts in education.
Hattler, J.A. (1999). Technology for Preservice Teachers: “Driver Education” for the Information Superhighway. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 7(4), 323-332. Charlottesville, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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