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Beyond COVID: Preparing Preservice Teachers to Integrate Technology Now and Post-Pandemic

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Jessica Herring  
Dr. Michael Mills  

Learn about the revisions made and lessons learned while using the ISTE Standards for Educators to redesign our Integrating Technology & Teaching course to ensure preservice teachers develop the skills to serve K-12 students in remote, blended and face-to-face learning environments in light of the pandemic.

Audience: Professional developers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: No accounts or software will be required to participate in this session. Participants will access Mentimeter via a link/QR code, so a device with a browser would be helpful to their participation.
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: Community college/university
Subject area: Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to share lessons learned from the process of redesigning an instructional technology course to ensure preservice teachers are prepared to use technology effectively in virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face instructional formats. We believe this session will be beneficial for other teacher educators as we hope to engage in a discussion of what other programs are doing to be prepare their candidates. We also believe this session would be beneficial for instructional technology facilitators and PD providers working to support early career educators and those who are new to building flexible, technology-enhanced instruction in K-12 spaces.

Participants will...
1. Examine how the ISTE Standards for Educators can inform course/PD development
2. Identify strategies for introducing instructional design principles to teachers
3. Discuss best practices for supporting preservice and active educators in designing and facilitating technology-enhanced instruction in virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face settings.


5 min - Introduction - The presenters will introduce themselves and share the context in which they redesigned the Integrating Technology & Teaching course
10 min - The presenters will engage participants in a discussion of the ISTE Standards for Educators using Mentimeter as a back channel. We will ask participants how they are currently using the ISTE Standards to guide course development/PD for educators and engage in discussion around participant input.
30 min - The presenters will provide examples of how they redesigning the Integrating Technology & Teaching course to model online and hybrid instructional design for students and provide opportunities for preservice teachers to practice these critical instructional design skills. Student work samples and reflections will be shared. We will continue to employ Mentimeter as a Q&A backchannel to gain audience feedback and questions. While we have selected the lecture format, we hope to create a conversational tone during this presentation of ideas, examples, and lessons learned.
5 min - Closing - We will conclude with time for final thoughts, participant reflections, and questions.

Supporting research

Buss, R. R., Wetzel, K., Foulger, T. S., & Lindsey, L. (2015). Preparing teachers to integrate
technology into K-12 instruction: Comparing a stand-alone technology course with a technology-infused approach. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 31(4), 160-172. doi:10.1080/21532974.2015.1055012
Clark, R. C. & Mayer, R. E. (2016). E-learning and the science of instruction. Hoboken, NJ:
Hsu, P. (2016). Examining current beliefs, practices, and barriers about technology integration: A case study. TechTrends, 60(1), 30-40. doi:10.1007/s11528-015-0014-3
International Society for Technology in Education [ISTE]. (2017). ISTE standards for educators. Retrieved from
Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A.T., Brush, T.A., Strycker, J., Gronseth, S., Roman, T., Abaci, S., ...
Plucker, J. (2012). Preparation versus practice: How do teacher education programs and practicing teachers align in their use of technology to support teaching and learning? Computers and Education, 59(2), 399-411. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2012.01.014
Rideout, V., & Robb, M. B. (2019). The Common Sense census: Media use by tweens and teens,
2019. San Francisco, CA: Common Sense Media.
Riegel, C., & Tong, Y. (2017). Educational technology and teacher education programs: A
geographic information systems study. Teacher Education and Practice, 30(4), 662-684.

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Jessica Herring, University of Central Arkansas
Graduate student

ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Michael Mills, University of Central Arkansas

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