Innovate to Educate Entry

The University of Texas at Tyler

Julie Delello, Assistant Professor

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

I work with and teach pre-service teachers (PST) how to create augmented reality (AR) lessons for use with children in classrooms around the country. The technology is still somewhat novel and it has really sparked engagement from kindergarten to college. In fact 97% of PSTs stated they would keep using the technology. In the fall semester, in classrooms, these PSTs used the words amazed (n=30), excited (n=22), and attention getting (n=10) to describe the enthusiasm in the classroom. One PST noted,
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Although the majority (97%) of PSTs felt that using AR was beneficial to students, there were challenges to using AR applications in the classrooms. These barriers primarily dealt with the available technology. For example, the PSTs reflected that in some classrooms, the Wi-Fi was not strong enough to support the technology and there was a lack of sufficient devices (iPads, iPods, headphones) to enable the students to view the auras. For instance, one prospective teacher noted, "I would like for
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Schools will need to make a significant investment in the resources (hardware and software) to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.
Teacher preparation programs may also want to consider the placement of PSTs into more technically advanced classrooms as some of the mentor teachers noted having limited time to teach science or integrate technology effectively.
It is vital that support, time, and training be provided in order to integrate technology and pedagogy effectively into classrooms.

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