Teacher Educators’ Professional Development in the 21st Century: Practicing What We Preach

Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Wendy Loewenstein, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Paper presented at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Mar 25, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Rodriguez-Arroyo, S. & Loewenstein, W. (2013). Teacher Educators’ Professional Development in the 21st Century: Practicing What We Preach. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 2640-2645). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. This paper can be found at http://www.editlib.org/p/48509/.

Abstract

As teacher educators encourage teacher education candidates to incorporate new technologies (SmartBoard, hardware, software, web tools) into teaching, there is a need for them to serve as role models for their students. To move beyond a paper and pencil approach, teacher educators should advance their own technological knowledge and apply it in their teaching. The focus of this brief paper is on the steps taken to encourage teacher educators at a Midwest institution to incorporate new technologies into their teaching. This professional development is still a work in progress, as teacher education faculty work in collaboration with an instructional technology professional for training and practical applications in their courses.