Factors Influencing Preservice Teacher's Decision-Making Regarding Integration of Digital Media into Field Experience Classroom Activities
Thursday, March 10 4:00-4:30 PM Location: Hermitage A
Abstract: This study used a qualitative approach to investigate which factors influence preservice teachers' decision-making regarding the use of digital media in field experience lessons and activities. Preservice teachers (n=12) answered 6 open-ended questions about the reasons they were likely or not likely to incorporate digital media into classroom lessons and activities. Results indicated that preservice teachers were comfortable with using technology personally, but were unsure of how to apply the knowledge to classroom planning and were uncomfortable suggesting technologically-related activities to classroom teachers who were not comfortable with technology use. Implications of this study include the need for teacher preparation programs to re-examine student ability to translate personal technology skills to the classroom application, and to redesign curriculum to explicitly teach the steps needed for successful implementation of technology in the classroom.