The authors take an in-depth look at the daunting task of training teachers to use technology in their classrooms. They focus on a newly redesigned graduate course in Instructional Technology Management. The course incorporates the standards for teacher technology preparation as outlined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE).
The ITSE competencies addressed in the course were intended to measure a student’s ability to:
1. Explore, evaluate, and use technological materials and tools.
2. Use computers for solving problems, collecting data, managing information, communicating, presenting, and making decisions.
3. Develop learning projects for students that integrate computers and technology for a range of student groups and for diverse populations.
4. Use tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, and databases.
The course designers decided that the best way for students to achieve these competencies was to have teachers develop their own web pages for later use in their classrooms.