Education Technology in Teacher Education: Overcoming Challenges, Realizing Opportunities

Peter Rawlins (Massey University, New Zealand) and Benjamin Kehrwald (Massey University, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 63
EISBN13: 9781609603519|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-869-2.ch004
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This chapter examines the use of educational technologies in teacher education programs through the exploration of a single professional practice course in a pre-service teacher education program in New Zealand. This case highlights the opportunities associated with teacher educators’ unique role in promoting and supporting the use of educational technologies amongst pre-service teachers. It examines the use of a single complex learning activity to integrate education technology into other subject studies and realize some of the transformative potentials associated with the use of technologies in education. It also identifies the challenges of leveraging these opportunities in the face of (a) a complex and demanding role for teacher educators and (b) the forces of change in higher education.
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