Technology-Enhanced Field Experiences for Preservice Teachers using Video Conferencing: A Literature Review
Thursday, March 10 4:40 PM-5:00 PM
As technologies have evolved and the emphasis on technology integration has increased, teacher educators have found aspects of distance education to benefit their programs in a number of different ways (Frey, 2008). One of these ways includes technology-enhanced field experiences for preservice teachers; field experiences are an essential component of preservice teacher professional training and development (Hixon & So, 2009). The purpose of this paper is to explore various examples of how teacher education programs have utilized technology-enhanced field experiences with video conferencing equipment, in order to provide preservice teachers exposure to classrooms and students that might not otherwise be possible. The benefits and challenges will be analyzed, as well as a discussion of the implications and conclusions. It is hoped that by providing this information, teacher educators who are interested in utilizing such technologies, will be better informed about making choices regarding what kinds of early field experiences are possible for their preservice teachers.