Magazine article Technology & Learning

Technology & Learning Surveys Schools of Education

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Technology & Learning Surveys Schools of Education

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We asked schools of education across the nation to tell us what part, if any, technology plays in their teacher preparation programs.

This summer, Technology & Learning sent out a short survey to roughly 1,500 schools of education to determine the role of technology in teacher preparation. What we uncovered from 122 responses is not a new revelation: there are vast differences in the scope of programs offered and the degree in which technology plays a part.

Some schools had few or no technology offerings. Others, such as the New York Institute of Technology, incorporate technology throughout the curriculum, not too difficult to discern looking at their name. In all, 55 institutions reported that they have a degree with a specific focus on educational technology, with 40 of them providing a technology-focused teacher certification program.

The biggest surprise, however, was that 72 percent of the schools reported that they require technology courses as part of their general teacher certification program, a number that seems to counter national reports that schools of education are failing to integrate technology into their training. These respondents included a wide cross-section of schools, diverse in size, location, and public/private status, from Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, to California State University at San Bernardino.

We realize this is not a representative survey; schools with a stronger interest in technology were more likely to fill out the survey in response to a mailing that included a complimentary subscription offer. …

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