Wise Use of Technological Advances
Envisioning a role for technology
We strive to prepare teachers, counselors, psychologists, therapists, and leaders who will wisely use the most advanced technological tools to make a positive difference in the lives of the children, youth, and families. We are committed to the use of technology—not for the sake of technology—but for the sake of all those we have the privilege to serve. The vision of the COE Technology Committee is to prepare educational leaders who explore, use, and master current, emerging, and future digital and assistive technologies in order to:
- Prepare life-long educators and learners to thrive in an ever-changing global society in ways that best influence the lives of the children, youth, adults, families, and communities
- Promote the creation and dissemination of scholarly work that effectively communicates their ideas, research, and outcomes
The Technology Committee has developed a plan for advancing toward this vision. While implementation is still in progress, we are excited about the envisioned improvements which include the following:
Providing powerful professional development for faculty
To keep up with the latest innovations in the world of technology, COE faculty members want high-quality, intensive, job-embedded technology that builds their capacity to prepare professionals to provide excellent service. The College of Education Technology Committee has proposed systems to ensure the delivery of meaningful professional development that helps faculty integrate powerful technological innovations into their teaching. Specifically, these systems include:
- Technology integration demonstrations
- Faculty mentoring and consultation
- New and emerging technology sessions
- Just-in-time technology support
- Incentives for innovation
- A teacher-in-residence program
Providing collaborative learning spaces
In effective organizations, professionals work in collaboration with one another. We believe that it is essential to prepare teachers, counselors, psychologists, therapists, and administrators who are skillful collaborators to use technology to increase the quality of their collaborations. In order to prepare professionals, we need learning spaces that allow our candidates to practice this type of collaboration. While we currently have a few such spaces that facilitate small-group collaboration around touch-screens, flat tabletops, and other technological tools, we need more so that this type of space is available to all COE students at multiple points during their programs.
Providing an Innovation Lab
Often, people learn best by doing. Increasingly schools and other institutions are providing facilities that promote project-based learning. To teach our candidates to best utilize such spaces, we propose to develop an Innovation Lab within our College of Education that includes a wide array of materials, supplies, tools, and equipment. Through such a space, we anticipate building the capacity of our candidates to maximize student engagement, advance critical thinking, and promote interdisciplinary learning.
Ensuring student mastery of useful, emerging technology
We want our candidates to master the use of technology that can help them best influence the lives of the children, youth, adults, families, and communities they will serve. We plan to ensure that all of our students have abundant access to tablets, computers, video assessment tools, learning management systems, data analysis tools, and the most efficient and effective software so that they can use those tools effectively as they embark upon their professional careers.
Providing high-quality hybrid and online courses and programs
The College of Education offers a large number of hybrid courses that integrate face-to-face learning experiences with online learning tools. The hybrid courses are designed to make ideal use of technology-based resources, while also providing valuable in-person learning opportunities.
Additionally, COE has developed a few new programs that are offered primarily or exclusively online. For example, the School of Teacher Education offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching. The Department of Educational Leadership, in collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education, offers a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a focus on technology, and the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education offers 2 online certificate programs in dual language education and English language development.
Improving teaching through technology
Professor Sarah Rieth in the Department of Child and Family Development also found that special education teachers who received immediate video feedback through iPads generated better learning results for students with autism spectrum disorders than did special education teachers who received traditional coaching.
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