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Teacher Prep Goes Virtual

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: 121C

Dr. Samantha Fecich   Melissa-Ann Pero  
Teacher preparation programs need to embrace virtual connections to help preservice teachers begin creating their PLNs. See how one college is using technology to connect teacher candidates with classrooms across the state and learn how you can create a program like this or become of part of one.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose & Objective
To show educators how one college is using technology to connect teacher candidates with classrooms across the state and get tips on how other higher ed programs could create/adapt a program like this or how other educators can become a part of one.
Students must be aware of how to integrate these technologies into their classrooms in new, meaningful, and impactful ways. Given the current climate of K-12 education, pre-service teachers require meaningful assignments that help them to develop their craft. These experiences not only help in their development as future educators, but also provide useful artifacts for digital portfolios and tools for future use in the teaching field. As an assistant professor and instructional technologist in the Education Department, I teach students about educational technology embedded with the Danielson framework of teaching. We tie technology very closely to pedagogy in order for students to understand and ensure that technology is being used effectively and efficiently in the classroom.

Feedback from participants from the 2017-18 school year.
Virtual co-op preservice educator perspective:
Provides authentic learning
Real hands on experience with the technology
Can use the materials created later in a field or student teaching
The resources that I created were content area specific (ex. Algebra 2, Psychology, or 1st grade Math)
Co-op is a source of encouragement and provides a glimpse into the classroom
Feedback provided by co-op was helpful in developing and reflecting on technology use and artifact creation

Virtual cooperating teacher perspective:
I gave her the overall gist of what I was looking for and she created a nice little survey for me using Google Forms that I will be able to send to students in the fall and then use the data with my Positive Behavior Team to plan how to motivate our students.
She asks great questions and I enjoy guiding her and giving her examples of digital tools that I have used in my classroom.
It has been very rewarding for me on many different levels.
I have really enjoyed working with _____ and he has made some really awesome contributions.
I enjoyed working with your students last fall and this spring. Please keep me in mind for next
I am really enjoying this experience. _____ is great. She emails me in a timely manner, has great questions, and truly wants to become a great teacher. We have a great deal in common has well which has helped solidify our experience.
I loved this concept and even continued Tweeting with ____ while on vacation. It didn't feel like "work". This experience has been spectacular


First five minutes
Welcome message, introduce presentation topic
Include Twitter handle and presentation link
Presenter introduction
10 minutes Program origins
What is a virtual co-op?
What is the role?
How did it all get started?
10 minutes Virtual co-op for the win
With preservice teachers getting hands on experience with technology in a meaningful way
Virtual co-op gains new ideas and tools to engage students in learning
10 minutes Lessons learned
from professor perspectives
Preservice teacher perspective
Virtual co-op perspective
10 minutes
How to get this program or something like it started in your course
Last 5 minutes
Questions? Suggestions? Ideas?
Conclusion: Go forth and go viral

Supporting research

Edumagic by Samantha Fecich

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Dr. Samantha Fecich, Grove City College
Melissa-Ann Pero, Bermudian Springs High School

Melissa-Ann is an 11th & 12th grade ELA teacher at Bermudian Springs High School working towards her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a passionate learner, and she is continuously looking for ways to bring new ideas to her classroom and her colleagues. Follow her on Twitter @bshsmspero

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