Showcasing Student Teachers

Last Friday, I helped to organize Millersville University’s first Student Teacher Instructional Technology Showcase.  For this event, we selected seven student teachers that were using technology in innovative ways in their classroom.  Our goal was to highlight the outstanding work being done by our student teachers and to showcase their use of instructional technology to support and assess student learning.

Although this was the first time Millersville has put together an event like this, I believe it was a real success.  We set up the event like a poster session at a conference with each student teacher being able to demonstrate and explain their lesson in an informal manner.  Overall, we had many supervising teachers and faculty members attend.  We also received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees and participants and hope to use this information as we plan for the fall semester.

For this week’s Tech Tip, I am going to let the student teachers take center stage.  As part of their presentations at the Showcase, each student teacher prepared a handout explaining their lesson and the technology they used.  The handouts also detail how the applications were used instructionally.  As you can see from the list, the featured student teachers developed lessons using a variety of different technologies at different grade levels and for different content areas.

Andrew Parmer:  Assessing Student Understanding in History with Glogster and Timetoast

Beth Schoelkopf:  Reading Enrichment with Students with Special Needs

Laura Cant: Reviewing with Powerpoint Games

Cassaundra Knouse: Using Webquests in the Elementary Classroom

Jessica Garrett: Using Skype to Connect with Native American Communities

Kelsie Bicking: Using Social Networking to Support Creative Writing

Kassaundra Marone: Podcasting the Presidents

The informational handouts from each project can be downloaded using the links.

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