- A new report from Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow reveals that teacher preparation programs aren't fully preparing aspiring teachers to do so, with two-thirds saying they are learning how to integrate technology primarily through their field experience and observations of professors, as opposed to school assignments.
- The survey also revealed a disconnect between principals' expectations and the ed-tech skills that pre-service teachers are actually learning, with, for example, 45% of principals wanting new teachers to teach using social media and only 25% of aspiring teachers knowing how to do so.
- According to the report, the top three technology tools or techniques being taught to pre-service teachers are how to use word processing, spreadsheet and database software; how to create multimedia presentations; and how to use interactive whiteboards.
From the article:
Students who are studying to become teachers use social media in their personal lives more frequently than in-service teachers do, and they want to use ed tech in their classrooms-but their teacher preparation programs aren't fully preparing them to do this, according to a new report from Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow. ...