Technology Integration for the Faculty of Pre-service Teachers: A Professional Learning Community Approach to Preparing 21st Century Teachers

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  1. Theresa Overall and Grace Ward, University of Maine Farmington, United States

Tuesday, March 8 4:00-4:30 PM Location: Tulip Grove F

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Abstract: In an undergraduate pre-service teacher program, students are immersed in a "block" of coursework and practicum experience with an interdisciplinary approach to technology integration. However, one semester is not enough. This paper describes the professional development process of a team of faculty and field service supervisors over a three-year period to incorporate technology integration into the entire four-year experience of the future 21st century teachers. A Professional Learning Community was established, three one-day seminars were held each year with a "just-in-time" approach to teaching technology, and a wiki was created to serve as a repository for resources and as documentation of the learning process. The professional development was successful in its intended goal and the rewards exceeded the expectations.

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