Technology applications are infused throughout the teacher education programs. Candidates in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Physical Education Programs take three 1-credit technology labs as part of their programs. All candidates must successfully complete the technology inventory before being admitted to the first phase of the teacher education programs.
The candidate technology experiences are designed around the MTTS. The performance assessments for the MTTS have been incorporated into the programs. Program courses were analyzed for technology applications and a matrix of MTTS and applications by program courses is being developed to determine if all standards are adequately being met. The matrix will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Candidates in initial certification programs use TaskStream, an electronic assessment management system, for lesson planning, designing of web sites, and submission of major program assessments.
A technology plan for the department was developed in 2000. In 2001 it was rewritten as a unit plan. The four goal areas of the plan are technology standards/outcomes, resources, assessment, and collaboration.
To advise and collaborate with the department in its efforts in technology integration and assessment a technology advisory council was formed eight years ago. The initial purpose was to assist in designing technology experiences and the 1-credit courses for the programs. The council has been expanded to become a unit advisory council and additional PreK-12 and arts and sciences faculty have been added to the membership. The council reviews technology integration applications and helps plan for technology field experiences.
To keep faculty up-to-date with the applications that candidates are learning and with methods of using technology in their teaching, faculty professional development workshops are offered. Faculty members are surveyed to determine the technology skills that they would like to learn and workshops are designed to meet their needs. Faculty workshops are evaluated and the results of the evaluations are used to improve the offerings and presentations of workshops.
To support candidate and faculty use of technology, the department maintains various technology resources including a microcomputer lab, a wireless lab to be used in classes, and digital cameras. Three graduate assistants assist in the lab and assist faculty when needed.
See the grants page for technology grant information.