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Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
Volume 2, Issue 3, 2002
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Norfolk, VA
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The provincial education ministry in Alberta, Canada recently mandated an ICT Program of Studies that requires the infusion of digital technologies into core curricula. The effective implementation of this program of studies demands that teachers create inquiry-based, technology enabled learning environments for children across the grades. The creation of technology-rich learning environments calls for a shift in thinking for teacher preparation. We cannot continue to teach the next generation of teachers in ways we were taught. Instead, pre-service teachers must routinely encounter the effective infusion of technology in the normal course of their learning at the university and in their practicum placements in schools. This paper describes the design and implementation of a Special Topics Seminar: Integrating Technology in the Classroom offered to pre-service teachers in their final undergraduate semester at the University of Calgary. It outlines the ways in which this course addresses fundamental issues in technology integration, describes the success achieved, and suggests ways in which discoveries from the first two years of implementation are directing on-going modifications.