Education Week recently published a special edition of Technology Counts entitled STEM: The Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The article Learning to Teach with Technology focuses on a new trend of integrating technology directly into teacher preparatory classes rather than having pre-service teachers take separate technology courses.
In classes such as these, college students learn not only how to conduct lessons and experiments, but really delve into the “hows” and “whys” by using various forms of technology. By utilizing technology, author Vaishali Honawar states that both K-12 students and their future teachers will “absorb and retain” much more information. By learning about various software programs such as Geometers Sketchpad and Starry Night in college, teachers are much more likely to integrate them into their own teaching.
How did your college courses prepare you for utilizing technology in your classroom? For those teachers who have finished your college work, how do you stay current on new technologies?