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Neal Strudler strudler@unlv.edu Presentation Outline Project Overview Evaluation Findings Upcoming Initiatives Overarching Goal To support the integration of technology into teacher candidates’ courses and field experiences to prepare them for tomorrow’s technology-rich classrooms.

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Neal Strudler

strudler@unlv.edu

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Project Overview
  • Evaluation Findings
  • Upcoming Initiatives
overarching goal
Overarching Goal

To support the integration of technology into teacher candidates’ courses and field experiences to prepare them for tomorrow’s technology-rich classrooms.

project goals
Project Goals
  • To ensure systematic integration of technology via a carefully sequenced planin pre-service coursework and field experiences
project goals6
Project Goals
  • To provide students and faculty access to modern technology resources.
components of professional development program
Components of Professional Development Program
  • Needs Assessment
  • Extensive Workshops
  • Follow-up Support
  • Mini-Grant Program
  • Cornerstone Course Development
  • Just in Time Resources
mini grant goals
Mini-Grant Goals
  • To support faculty who teach pre-service students to integrate modern learning tools and model effective use in courses.
  • 96+ awarded
student teacher sign up and placement
Student Teacher Sign-up and Placement

Student teacher could request a placement with a cooperating teacher who uses technology.

practica student teaching handbook revision
Practica/Student Teaching Handbook Revision

COE faculty, university supervisors, the director of field experiences, and the Associate Dean met to consider necessary revisions to the Practicum Handbook and the Student Teaching Handbook

evaluation
Evaluation
  • Student Teacher Exit Surveys in 2001 &2002 (N=286)
  • Student and Faculty Surveys of COE Course Integration
  • Interviews and observations
  • Document Review
some findings
Some Findings
  • Positive correlation between use of computers in student teaching with
    • the number of computers available in the classroom (p< .01)
    • Access to the computer lab in the school (p< .001)
  • Other variables cited in Interviews:
    • flexible scheduling
    • Support and encouragement from school staff.
student teacher exit survey 200316
Student Teacher Exit Survey (2003)

From Knezek, G., Christiansen, R., Miyashitak, K., & Ropp, M. (2000)

evaluation faculty development
Evaluation: Faculty Development
  • Currently analyzing interviews with faculty
    • Participation in mini-grant and course redesign initiatives
    • Impact on courses/syllabi via planning matrix based on NETS-T
    • Overall impact on faculty’s professional practice.
    • Change in culture in the COE
project thread needs assessment
Project THREAD Needs Assessment
  • Response Rate (43%)
  • 75% rated the integration of technology in education as very important
  • 75% identified no time to learn new programs as the primary obstacle
  • Possible Workshop Topics
    • Creating WWW page
    • Creating & editing digital video
    • Integrating digital video into your class
    • Electronic assessment &/or e-portfolio systems
    • Concept mapping (Inspiration)
issues of sustainability next steps
Issues of Sustainability/Next Steps
  • Field experiences
    • Requirements in practica and student teaching
    • Factor in selection of partner sites
  • Integration throughout coursework
    • Consistency across classes/standards-based planning
    • Portfolio as vehicle?
upcoming initiatives
Upcoming Initiatives
  • Technology Planning Initiative Awards
    • Sponsored by Departments
    • Seeking sustainable change
  • Mini-grants
    • Focused on identified needs: Inspiration, E-portfolios, Digital Video (use and authoring)
  • Timeline:
    • RFP by early December
    • Due by late January
    • Inspiration workshop: Early January