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?