A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics finds that initial licensure teacher education programs were oriented toward preparing future teachers to use educational technology. The report notes that a large majority of institutions somewhat or strongly agreed that graduates of their programs possessed the skills and experience necessary to integrate technology into instruction. Nevertheless, the same institutions reported a variety of barriers that impeded the efforts to prepare teacher candidates to use educational technology, both within coursework and in the field. When focusing on the barriers candidates faced when pairing instruction with technology in the field, institutions reported that competing classroom priorities, available infrastructure within schools, a lack of training or skill and unwillingness on the part of supervising teachers were the biggest obstacles.
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