iPad: Integrating Positive, Active, Digital Tools and Behaviors in Preservice Teacher Education Courses

iPad: Integrating Positive, Active, Digital Tools and Behaviors in Preservice Teacher Education Courses

Ursula Thomas (Georgia Perimeter College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0164-0.ch059
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Abstract

It is the unavoidable and it is not going away. The gravity of technology has firmly planted itself in our daily existence and yes, this includes teacher education. As technology has because our normative environment in daily life it has also become normative in educator preparation; our new oxygen. This commonplace element is hailed as a tool of equity for learners, preschool through college. Our current populations of learners are digital natives, but many educational leaders are digital tourists. As we look to challenge the traditional notions of distance learning, program offerings, and educator preparation models we must rapidly embrace the persona of the digital native to increase relationships with those we prepare as teachers while at the same time valuing and increasing diversity and voice. This chapter seeks to examine how a teacher educator engages preservice teachers in the world of diversity using technology.
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Background

Technology is received by its’ critics as “the next new thing” with each application, product or latest version. More importantly, technology has its own unique challenges, perspectives and characteristics. Technology education has progressed through many cycles for the past 100 years and continues to develop as the principal channel for preparing children and youth in technological literacy.

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