Aspiring teachers ill-prepared to use ed tech effectively

Despite this apparent gap in the curriculum of many teacher preparation programs, aspiring teachers place a high value on ed tech’s role in both student and teacher success. According to the survey, nearly 50 percent of students in teacher education programs use online videos and social networking sites to “self-train” for future teaching assignments.

The findings are based on Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up survey from the 2011-12 school year, a national survey of the experiences and expectations that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and pre-service teachers have about ed tech. The survey included responses from nearly 1,400 college students in teacher education programs, and these responses were compared to those of more than 36,000 in-service teachers and 4,000 administrators.

The report, called “Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers,” was released Feb. 7. It can be downloaded here.

Dennis Pierce

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