Although candidates grew up with computer labs, their future students grew up with mobile devices, often from birth.
Through a series of grants over 5 years, the education building was equipped with new IWB, new computers, new software, and new video studio.
In our area, the two m;ost popular brands of IWB are Promethean and SMART. Knowing that our candidates needed to be familiar with both, a mixture of these boards were installed and are taught to all candidates.
An ipad mobile lab is being utilized in methodology classes. Students are allowed to learn the way that their future students will learn- with just in time access to information. Allowing students “mobile” technology also increases collaboration among candidates.
A green screen production room was added in 2012. Teacher education candidates create virtual lessons that are shared with area classrooms. Next we will look at a short clip created to demonstrate the 5 senses.
Green screen video example
But it was not simply hardware that needed to change. Educational technology has shifted from being a software focused industruy to a web based industry. Web 2.0 tools and free web resources have also revolutionized the field.
Another exciting initiative came with the development of virtual field experiences.
So as you can see, we were facing many difficulties surrounding field expeirences. New mandates imposed upon K12 teachers also caused them reluctance to let our candidates into classrooms. Seeing these difficulties, NSU COE decided to explore the world of virtual field experiences.
Our candidates have continuously said that they learn by watching one another teach. With the new technology equipment available, level 1 experiences now not only include watching live lessons remotely and video demonstrations, but also include a library of videos provided by previous student teachers. All student teachers are now required to submit two video mini lessons. These lessons are stored on LiveText and used by faculty to discuss best practices in methodology, management and technology use in the classroom
Level 2 and 3 experiences, where candidates must interact with K-12 students, proved to be more challenging. Our first initiative was storytime with the colonels. Starting with the simple idea of candidates practicing their storytelling skills, storytime has grown to a weekly broadcast to schools across the nation. Every Friday morning that Nicholls State is in session, candidates broadcast a “storytime” with a developmentally appropriate theme. Although through this medium our candidates cannot see the students that they are speaking to, the interaction from this Prek classroom shows the young students can’t tell.
In addition to the live broadcast, we store storytime videos on youtube and itunes U. The latest initiative has come with Level 3 field experiences. “Colonel Chat” began 3 semesters ago….
Our next initiative was Colonel Chat. In Colonel Chat, junior and senior teacher education candidates tutored 5th grade students in remote schools.
--Interactive web based units utilizing web 2.0 tools--over 40,000 in funds have been acquired by MED students in the last 3 years--AUP and state/district and school technology plans--distance learning, infrasturcutre troubleshooting and planning for one to one initiatives--latest trends in tech research including BYOD programs, MOOCS, broadband initiatives, digital divides, online professional development, and ****
Preparing teachers for
digital age learners
Cynthia B. Vavasseur
Nicholls State University
“Our students have changed radically. Today’s
students are no longer the people our
educational system was designed to teach.”
• “Mommy, when are we going to get WiFi in
the car….everywhere else has it” – Christian
(my 8 year old)
• Over the last 6 years, over
200,000 in new technology
hardware has been added to
the Nicholls State University
College of Education
• 8 SMART boards, with attached SMART
document cameras and iMac computers
• 10 Promethean boards, with attached ActiveView
document cameras and iMac computers
• iPad mobile lab
• Green Screen studio
• iMac mini lab
• New PC lab
Virtual Field Experiences
Initial Candidate Field experiences are
distinguished by the level of interaction with
Learning from their Peers…
• Video of student teachers
Level 2 Field Experiences
• Storytime with the Colonels:
– Broadcast live every Friday morning at
Advanced Educational Technology
• Graduate Students
– Multimedia instructional design
– Grant writing
– Technology leadership planning and budgeting
– Networking and telecommunications
– Technology research and design
Using Gaming in the Classroom
Augmented Reality Simulations
Creating and publishing