National organizations, federal policy and academic standards all call for technology to be integrated into K-12 classrooms in ways that are likely to influence student achievement. While access to technology is at an all-time high, research on technology use still indicates that teachers do not integrate technology effectively. This chapter focuses on preparing pre-service teachers to integrate technology into their classroom. We present a synthesis of literature on technology in teacher education programs as well as findings from a research study on pre-service teacher’s shifting perceptions of technology integration over approximately a year. Lastly, we provide implications for future research studies regarding the influence of teacher education programs on pre-service teachers’ technology integration development.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Productivity Tool: Software or technology that a teacher uses to complete a job. Examples include software such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel that could be used to create a grade book, attendance sheet, seating chart, or newsletter.
Technology Integration: The use of technology in an instructional setting to support the learning of content (e.g., mathematics, science, language arts, history).
National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S): National standards published by ISTE that describe performance-based skills that students should be expected to demonstrate. Available URL: http://www.iste.org
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): National organization that has published instructional standards related to the appropriate use of technology in K-12 schools. Available URL: http://www.iste.org.
Preservice Teacher: An individual who is currently enrolled in a teacher education program that provides initial certification.