Assessing Instructional Needs for Optimal Preservice Teacher Technology Preparation
Tuesday, March 8 1:30-1:50 PM Location: McGavock's A
Presider: Linda Espey, Grand View University, United States
Abstract: TThis paper reports on the findings of surveys conducted for the purposes of tailoring an undergraduate preservice teachers’ technology course. Through a pre-course survey, the preservice teacher’s computer skills confidence and technology use were ascertained. Further, they were surveyed on their perceptions on bullying in schools. The data provided a guide for the selection of assignments and activities. The goal was to leverage their existing knowledge and strengths in use technology to meaningfully integrate it into the curriculum. The highest confidence was in using software was Microsoft word and power point. Almost all students had not used Apple computers before the course. The preservice teachers also indicated that the topic of bullying was equally important to other topics they want covered in their university education. They reported moderate level of confidence in being able to handle bullying.