Preparing Preservice Teachers to Integrate Technology: A Longitudinal Study

By Gregory MacKinnon.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Acadia University was the first institution in Canada to offer a fully-integrated laptop program across all curriculum areas at this liberal arts college. Since 1996 students and faculty have brought laptop computers to technology-enriched classrooms. In a follow-up project, the School of Education secured a $350,000 McConnell Foundation grant to integrate technology across all aspects of preservice teacher training in a 2 year BEd program. Preservice teachers were immersed in a technology-empowered environment in hopes of preparing them to use technology in public schools. This paper presents the results of a 5-year longitudinal study where students were given laptops to use in their teaching positions after they graduated and became certified teachers. The research established how this sample of teachers were able to integrate technology into their instruction over the first five years of their teaching careers in public schools.

Keywords: Teacher Training, Integrating Technology, Computers in Schools

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.79-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.189KB).

Dr. Gregory MacKinnon

Professor of Science & Technology Education, School of Education, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Academic Background: PhD, MEd. Recent Publications include: MacKinnon G. & Aylward, M.L. (2009). Models for building knowledge in a technology-rich setting: Teacher education. Canadian Journal of Learning & Technology 35(1); MacKinnon, G. & Provencal, V. (2009). Concept mapping as a means to stimulate thematic analysis in higher education: A study of Greek gods. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society 5(3), 61-74.; MacKinnon, G. (2009). Electronic concept mapping in a laptop university: A cross-curricular study in Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2009 (C. Maddux (Ed.)) 223-238.; MacKinnon, G. & Cook-MacKinnon, P. (2008). Supporting institutional change; The case of a laptop university initiative. Journal of the World Universities Forum 1(2), 147-154.; MacKinnon, G. (2007). A decade of laptop computers: The impact on the pedagogy of university faculty. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems 21(3), 7-20.

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