Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Liz Kolb participates in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit

Tags: kolb, technology

The School of Education was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD at a Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit for its leadership in the innovative use of technology to support the learning of pre-service teachers. Liz Kolb participated in the summit.

“We are no longer teaching new teachers how to use technology in their classrooms,” Kolb said. “Rather, we are preparing teachers how to teach students in a digital world. It is now expected that teachers will prepare students in all areas of digital literacies. And we are making certain that our interns are ready with the tools and knowledge to do just that.”

The Summit brought together researchers, schools of education, district leaders, accreditors, and support organizations to advance four goals for educational technology in teacher preparation programs outlined in the 2016 National Education Technology Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education. The plan sets a vision for teacher preparation programs to move toward:

• Focusing on the active use of technology to support learning and teaching.
• Building sustainable, program-wide systems of professional learning for higher education instructors to strengthen their capacity to use technological tools to support learning and teaching.
• Ensuring pre-service teachers’ experiences with educational technology are program-deep and program-wide rather than one-off courses separate from their methods courses.
• Aligning the above efforts with research-supported standards, frameworks, and credentials recognized across the field.

Liz Kolb is Clinical Associate Professor

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