This section focuses on IT in the actual program of study that tends to be under the control of a school, college, or department of education (SCDE) in a College or University. The SCDE is able to specify the staff and content of these courses.
There are a variety of teacher education programs in Oregon. Some are 4-year programs (an undergraduate degree coupled with an initial teaching license). Some are five year programs, while others are 5th year programs. These varying programs offer widely varying opportunities for preservice teachers to learn to make effective use of IT in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and their professional careers. Here are four categories of components that may go into helping preservice teachers develop needed IT knowledge and skills.
Bridging Arts & Sciences and Teacher Education: Summary of the 2002 Oregon Arts and Sciences Summit [Online]. Accessed 6/28/02: http://www.ous.edu/aca/A&Ssummit02.htm. Quoting from the Website:
The second annual Oregon Arts and Sciences Summit was held in Salem, Oregon, on April 25, 2002. Like the first Summit held April 25, 2001, the 2002 theme was also "Bridging Arts & Sciences and Teacher Education." Both Summits focused on the role of Arts and Sciences in preparing a quality PreK-12 educator workforce in Oregon.
Oregon University System: Teacher Education [Online]. Accessed 4/6/01: http://www.ous.edu/aca/tchred.htm. Links are provided to:
Proficiency-based Admissions Standards System [Oline]. accessed 4/6/01: http://www.ous.edu/pass/. Quoting from the Website:
The Oregon Legislature passed laws in 1991 and 1995 requiring high schools to offer Certificates of Initial and Advanced Mastery (CIM and CAM). In 1993 the Oregon University System created the Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS) to keep college admissions in step with changes being made to accommodate CIM and CAM. PASS is based on proficiencies -- the knowledge and skills that are critical to success in university study. Students will develop and demonstrate these proficiencies during their education in Oregon public high schools.
Most teacher education program requires some IT coursework for their preservice teacher education majors. There are significant variations in these courses. This is a topic that OTEC will address. Here is an example of one such course.
Educational Studies 114: Communication Using Computers
(University of Oregon: 4 quarter hours of credit)
Introduction to information-age issues; communication among people and information sources; design, editing, and use of messages that are represented, stored, and processed digitally.
This course is required of all students seeking admission to the Integrated Teaching preservice education program at the University of Oregon. The Integrated Program is designed to prepare elementary school teachers in a combination of regular education and special education. During their fifth year, students do their student teaching and also do a specialization in one of several different areas. One of the areas is IT. Here is a listing of the Skills and Concepts that students learn in Educational Studies 114: Communication Using Computers.
Databases and Spreadsheets
Communication Using Computers: EDST 114 [Online]. Accessed 12/9/00: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~skyoder/classes/classes.html.
What follows is a sample assignment that can be integrated into almost any preservice teacher educatoin course. It is designed to introduce students to OTEC.
The Oregon Council for Technology in Education and Educational Technology (OTEC) is grassroots organization of people dedicated to improving both formal and informal education at all levels in Oregon through the appropriate use of Information Technology (IT). It has a special focus on preservice teachers and on beginning teachers.
Here is a more advanced assignment, suitable for preservice or inservice teachers who have a good start on integration of IT into curriculum, instruction, assessment, and their own person professional work.
There is a steadily growing research and practitioner base of knowledge on how IT can be used to improve the education of students and the professional lives of educators. The sense of direction of the field of IT in education is to make effective higher-order uses of IT in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and in the professional work of educators.
Students in the Integrated Teaching (combined regular and special education) elementary school preservice education program at the University of Oregon complete a bachelor's degree during their first four years. The program of study includes core courses (such as the EDST 114 course Communication Using Computers), a number of Methods course, three field placement practicums, and a variety of other courses. During their fifth year, students do two field placement practicums, one term of student teaching, a Capstone Master's Project, and miscellaneous other coursework. They also do a Specialization in one of five possible areas. select one of five different areas for a Specialization. One of the options is a 16-credit Technology Specialization.
Here are brief summaries of two of the 2-credit courses required in the Technology Specialization .
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age I [Online]. Accessed 12/5/00: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~moursund/DigitalAge1/
This is the first term of a fall quarter and spring quarter (Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age II) 2-term sequence. In this 2-term sequence students will gain a broad understanding of information technology in instruction and how information technology is changing and will change the world's education systems. They will learn to plan for change and to be change agents. They will learn to be leaders in IT in education. The course is balanced between theory and practice. It is primarily intended for students in the Integrated Teaching teacher education program, although others can be admitted with the permission of the instructor.
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age II [Online]. Accessed 12/5/00: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~moursund/DigitalAge2/.
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age (II) is the second term of a fall quarter (Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age I) and spring quarter 2-term sequence. In this 2-term sequence students will gain a broad understanding of information technology in instruction and how information technology is changing and will change the world's education systems. They will learn to plan for change and to be change agents. They will learn to be leaders in IT in education. The course is balanced between theory and practice. It is primarily intended for students in the elementary school Integrated Teaching teacher education program, although others can be admitted with the permission of the instructor.
Technology Products and Practices: ELTA 610 (4 credits Fall, 4 credits spring): [Online]. Accessed 12/9/00: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~skyoder/ http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~skyoder/.
In the Fall term you will:
Throughout both terms you will: