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Technology Conference for Student Teachers - Spring 2003

Each semester, student teachers gather for a conference. This meeting is an opportunity to reflect on their student teaching experience, explore issues important to new teachers, and plan for their graduate. In Spring 2003, a technology component was added to this event including a luncheon, keynote speaker, and three concurrent sessions.

The conference took place at the University of Toledo Student Union. The morning was filled with concurrent sessions related to the student teaching experience.

Luncheon

At the luncheon, Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Director of the PT3 Project, welcomed the teachers to the conference.

Dr. Thomas Switzer, the Dean of the School of Education introduced the luncheon speaker (See photo on left).

Dr. Carl Berger is Director of Advanced Academic Technologies in CARAT (The Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies) and is a Professor of Science and Technology Education at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Berger provided a keynote address titled It’s Being Built, They’re Coming, Will We Be Ready? in the Ingman Room at the Student Union. Dr. Berger is the Director of Advanced Academic Technologies, Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies at the University of Michigan, as well as a Professor of Science and Technology Education in their School of Education.

Dr. Berger used a PowerPoint presentation to guide his discussion of technology-rich classrooms of today and tomorrow. He challenged the teachers to consider the role of technology in their classrooms.


       

 

Technology-Focused Sessions

The afternoon sessions focused on technology topics of interest to the student teachers. Afternoon sessions were repeated three times to allow all participants to enjoy each topic. The topics and speakers are described below:

Ready, Set, What’s Missing? Success Through Differentiation and Technology
Dr. Annette Lamb

Your students are interested, motivated, and ready to learn. You've got computers, resources, and Internet access. You've even got a lesson that addresses your exact grade level standards. What's missing? Nothing, unless your class is "normal". In a typical class, each child is unique. Some students won't be able to read the materials you've selected, a few won't find the activities challenging, and others will have difficulty with the concepts because they lack the life experiences of others. Use technology to help you differentiate the learning environment. This session explores ways to use the Internet to locate quality materials to address individual differences. In addition, ten tips are provided for connecting students to the learning environment through technology-rich resources.

Dr. Lamb is president of Lamb Learning Group and Vision to Action Inc. as well as a Visiting Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

 

Technology as a Teaching Tool
Dr. William Weber and Dr. John Cryan

Drs. Weber and Cryan discussed how technology can be used as an effective teaching tool in the K12 classroom.

Dr. Weber is the interim chairperson of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Cryan is the interim chairperson of the Department of Early, Physical & Special Education as well as a Professor in the College of Education at the University of Toledo.

 

Technology: The Myth and the Reality in the School Setting
Ms. Brenda Hill, Mr. Dennis Iffland, Mr. Richard Vail & Mr. Kevin Wade

The third session explored the myth and reality of technology in the school setting. Local teachers and technology coordiantors shared their experiences.

Ms. Hill is a teacher on special assignment as a Technology Facilitator for the Toledo Public Schools, Mr. Iffland is a Computer Lab Supervisor at East Toledo Junior High School, Mr. Vail is a teacher on special assignment as a Technology Facilitator for Toledo Public Schools, and Mr. Wade teaches Information Technology at Bowsher High School.

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Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) from the US Department of Education.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor, College of Education

Created 2/03. Last Updated 4/06.