Preservice Teachers' Views of Appropriate Technology

Preservice Teachers' Views of Appropriate Technology

Drew Polly, Craig Shepard
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-865-9.ch015
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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:

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:

Preservice Teacher: An individual who is currently enrolled in a teacher education program that provides initial certification.

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