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  1. Neal Strudler strudler@unlv.edu

  2. Presentation Outline • Project Overview • Evaluation Findings • Upcoming Initiatives

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

  4. Enabling Factors, Learning Opportunities and Student Outcomes The Big Picture:

  5. Project Goals • To ensure systematic integration of technology via a carefully sequenced planin pre-service coursework and field experiences

  6. Project Goals • To provide students and faculty access to modern technology resources.

  7. Components of Professional Development Program • Needs Assessment • Extensive Workshops • Follow-up Support • Mini-Grant Program • Cornerstone Course Development • Just in Time Resources

  8. Mini-Grant Goals • To support faculty who teach pre-service students to integrate modern learning tools and model effective use in courses. • 96+ awarded

  9. Field Experience Component

  10. Student Teacher Sign-up and Placement Student teacher could request a placement with a cooperating teacher who uses technology.

  11. 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

  12. Evaluation • Student Teacher Exit Surveys in 2001 &2002 (N=286) • Student and Faculty Surveys of COE Course Integration • Interviews and observations • Document Review

  13. 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.

  14. Student Teacher Exit Survey (2003) The Sample

  15. Student Teacher Exit Survey (2003) From Knezek, G., Christiansen, R., Miyashitak, K., & Ropp, M. (2000)

  16. 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

  17. 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)

  18. 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?

  19. 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

  20. Questions/Comments ????

  21. http://www.unlv.edu/projects/THREAD