Differentiating Factors That Influence Preservice Teacher Perceptions and Future Use of Emerging Technological Tools in the Classroom
Abstract: While the use of Web 2.0 tools in numerous facets of life continues to increase, schools have not been as quick to adopt such tools. Due to the numerous educational benefits of emerging technological applications, the slow pace of integration in our K-12 schools is concerning, and methods of improving the pace of integration, as well as the development of 21st century teachers should be of significant importance to teacher preparation programs. The purpose of this study is to examine preservice teacher awareness of the pedagogical benefits of Web 2.0 tools to support teaching and learning in K-12 settings, and to better understand factors that influence preservice teacher decisions to adopt these tools. Findings will inform the design, development, and implementation of teacher education program activities to support and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and dispositions future teachers will need to effectively and appropriately integrate Web 2.0 applications in their classrooms.
Presider: Stephen Arnold, University of Arizona