By Sam Stewart, Ed.DInternational Christian Community for Teacher Education March 25, 2012
Abilene Christian Universitys Teacher EducationProgram was selected as the exemplary program in thestate of Texas for teaching teacher candidates how toincorporate technology into instruction.http://www.powerontexas.com/?page_id=2580
Secondary Program Components1. A study of research-based instructional practices.2. Exploring new and innovative models for delivering instruction, i.e., Project-Based Learning and Standards-Based Learning.3. Planning for instruction that incorporates technology and higher order thinking skills.4. Practice teaching lessons where peers and instructors provide feedback for improvement and then re-teaching the lesson a second time.5. Multiple opportunities for reflection the teacher candidate learning.
Research-Based Instructional Practices1. Comparing and Contrasting2. Summarizing and Notetaking3. Differentiating Instruction4. Using Homework Effectively5. Non-linguistic Representations6. Cooperative Learning7. Hypothesizing8. Questions and Advance Organizers
Instructional Planning1. Teacher candidates evaluate their lessons with the HEAT scale. (http://loticonnection.cachefly.net/global_documents/HEAT_Framework_Poster.pdf)2. Teacher candidates evaluate the level of technology of the lesson (http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs/NETS-S_Standards.sflb.ashx)
Project-Based Learning1. Teacher candidates visit a project-based high school.2. Teacher candidates collaboratively plan a project- based lesson using the tools available at http://www.bie.org.3. Teacher candidates present there project to the class and receive feedback from peers and instructors.4. Teacher candidate revise their project for final submission and assessment.
Media-Lesson1. Teacher candidates prepare and present a lesson that incorporates technology in some type of meaningful way. (This means that the students participating in the lesson will have to engage with the technology.)2. Teacher candidates present their lesson to the class and instructors and receive feedback on their lesson.3. Based on the feedback, teacher candidates reteach their lessons which are also critiqued and scored.