Response: Teacher ed failing schools’ needs

This article speaks to the lack of technology training for new teachers in their respective teacher education programs. It lists several statistics ranging from principals’ expectations of new teachers’ use of technological ability to “the top three technology tools or techniques that pre-service teachers are learning in their methods classes”, and everything in between (Pierce). The latter isn’t flattering and kind of scary because I expect more from my students in the Computer Technology classes I instruct.

Why isn’t technology stressed in college teacher programs? Most of you know my background and with that said I didn’t experience the traditional teacher education route. However, my graduate studies focuses heavily on Web 2.0 and different technology education integration techniques. Similar to the lack of technology in college teacher programs, most high schools under appreciate the importance of technology to students and instructors in all aspects; e.g. learning, teaching, collaborating, archiving, etc.

What do you think? Should these practices (or lack thereof) continue or change in teacher programs, in faculty in-services, in classrooms and beyond?

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One thought on “Response: Teacher ed failing schools’ needs

  1. Honestly, some teachers have to take it upon themselves to become familiar with technology and how it can be used inside the classroom. My teacher cert program wasn’t extraordinary. For that matter, it wasn’t all that useful. I’ve learned more on the job than I did during my post-bacc course work. I digress, some teachers don’t even know how to set up their email or have a classroom blog. Perhaps if they were taught in their program, they would be capable of that, but it comes back to how much effort the teacher is willing to put in…

    Good post

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