Engaging the 21st Century Learner in P-12 Course Content: Creating Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs
Friday, March 11 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Bellmeade
Abstract: Effective teachers involve learners in the process. Educators can utilize technology tools as a means to engage learners by blending real-world relevance with content-specific subject matter. This requires that pre- and in-service teachers have training and practice in how to combine pedagogical and technological tools to prepare the 21st century citizen. The digital divide currently encompasses those students who have teachers and schools that promote such opportunities versus those who do not. Differences in equity amongst learners regarding computing knowledge/abilities include lack of access, funding, and/or professional development for teacher training in practicing technology. All of which creates inequitable boundaries or barriers for learners. One of these barriers involves educators who lack comfort in utilizing the tools relevant to the lives of today’s students. This offers insight into undergraduate and graduate education programs in which education majors learn to design lessons in which P-12 students use technology tools as a means to enhance core content understanding.