Poetry in Motion: Using VoiceThread to Prepare 21st Century English Teachers
Thursday, March 10 4:30 PM-5:00 PM
Although there is a vast research base on the literacy practices of adolescents, and on the issues surrounding the integration of technology despite current widespread access to tools and the Internet (Cuban, 2003), very little has been completed on the attempts of teacher educators to integrate technology within a specific content to prepare future classroom teachers (Boling, 2010; Bruce & Hogan, 1998; Goodson & Mangan, 1995; Koehler, Mishra, Yahya, & Yadav, 2004; Pang & Kamil, 2004). Using the technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) framework, the current study explores how technology can be used to improve teaching within the content area of English/language by examining the artifacts and reflections of 21 pre- and in-service secondary English teachers at a large university in the southwestern part of the United States. It explores how the digital medium, VoiceThread, could support their efforts to teach poetry. Results indicate that these future teachers found VoiceThread to be an effective tool to prepare, implement, and teach poetry to secondary students.