New ISTE resource helps schools train teachers to use technology

A new professional development book aimed at helping school and university leaders train K-12 teachers how to integrate technology into their instruction is now available from the International Society for Technology In Education (ISTE).

The group that in June 2000 published the first set of comprehensive standards for what teachers should know about technology: the “National Educational Technology Standards” (NETS) for Teachers. ISTE now offers “Preparing Teachers to Use Technology,” which provides resources for preservice and in-service teacher professional development across all grade levels and content areas.

According to Peggy Kelly, the book’s editor, cutbacks in education funding have created a huge demand for effective teacher training resources.

“Teachers today often face classrooms of students more technologically literate than they are,” she notes. “Preparing Teachers to Use Technology provides essential teacher training information about integrating technology into a classroom setting using effective teaching practices.”

She added: “This book provides teacher educators and staff developers with the skills and information needed to prepare productive, 21st-century teachers.”

The new book also can help schools and universities meet new guidelines for teacher professional development as mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The nearly 400-page book, which ISTE says is “the first to comprehensively outline models for standards-based integration of technology for teacher education,” was created by consensus.

Writing teams of teachers and teacher educators from around the country collaborated to develop teacher preparation standards, assessments, and conditions that facilitate the use of technology to support student learning.

Preparing Teachers to Use Technology includes:

  • Thirty-two demonstration lessons covering math, science, social studies, and language arts in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary programs;

  • Eight demonstration lessons for foundations courses; and

  • Separate chapters devoted to model strategies, assessment, student teaching and internship programs, first-year teaching, and staff development.

The book is divided into three broad areas:

Section 1, “Creating a Foundation for Technology Use,” describes the formation of ISTE’s NETS project, sets the stage for technology use by educators, and describes model strategies for integrating technology into instruction.

Section 2, “Integrating Technology in Professional Preparation,” addresses topics such as equitable access to technology in and out of school; the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in classroom technology use; and grouping students for learning.

Section 2 also presents technology-rich demonstration lessons for various subjects—such as math, science, English, and social studies—for early childhood education programs, elementary school students, middle schoolers, and high schoolers.

Finally, Section 3, “Integrating Technology in the Classroom,” examines technology integration within student teaching, professional development, and internship programs, as well as assessing the technology preparation of teachers.

The book is a companion to the ISTE publication NETS for Students: “Connecting Curriculum and Technology.”

But whereas “Connecting Curriculum and Technology” is a guide to implementing ISTE’s student technology standards, “Preparing Teachers to Use Technology” helps schools implement the group’s teacher standards.

“Preparing Teachers to Use Technology” was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology grant program.

The Public Broadcasting Service also provided support for the project.

You can get more information about “Preparing Teachers to Use Technology,” including a 17-page excerpt, the table of contents, and ordering information, at the web-site address below. The price for a single copy is $49.95 for non-members and $44.95 for ISTE members. Special bulk pricing is also available.


NETS for Teachers: Preparing Teachers to Use Technology

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