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Teaching to Teach (With) Game Design: Game Design and Learning Workshops for Preservice Teachers
In this study, the authors were interested to evaluate the participants’ ability to integrate game design in their lesson plans and explore their experiences over time during the workshops. The findings revealed that the participants’ lesson planscan be improved in terms of allowing students to take ownership during the game creation, design, and problem-solving processes. Instead of giving students freedom and agency, the lesson plans did not allow high levels of collaboration and exploration. The analysis of the reflections helped the authors describe participants’ varied experiences and identify challenges faced during the Game Design and Learning (GDL) workshops. At the end of the workshops, all participants indicated that they developed a basic understanding of game design and programming and felt comfortable with the process.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: October 23, 2017
More than Social Media: Using Twitter With Preservice Teachers as a Means of Reflection and Engagement in Communities of Practice
The present article illustrates the authors' attempts integrating twitter into their methods courses and investigates different opportunities that twitter provided for preservice teachers. The article describes these attempts from multiple perspectives—both from English educators and preservice teachers. The authors conclude that twitter provided unique opportunities for preservice teachers to engage with communities of practice and, to engage in reflection.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: October 15, 2017
Enabling Collaboration and Video Assessment: Exposing Trends in Science Preservice Teachers’ Assessments
In this paper, the authors describe a new, free resource for continuous video assessment named YouDemo. This tool enables real time rating of uploaded YouTube videos for use in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and beyond. The authors discuss the discrepancies between preservice science teachers’ assessments of self- and peer-created videos using the tool. The findings reveal that preservice teachers, who used the YouDemo, engaged in reflection and discussion on a deeper level than traditional means of pedagogical skill building in the classroom. Furthermore, preservice teachers perceived continuous video rating beneficial in enabling video assessment, promoting critical thinking, and increasing engagement the authors found that based on the discrepancies we found in peer and self-evaluations.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 19, 2017
Preservice Teachers’ TPACK Beliefs and Attitudes toward Simulations
The purpose of this study was two-fold. Firstly, it examined how preservice primary teachers develop self-assessed technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) in science through an intervention in which they were acquainted with using simulations in science teaching. Secondly, it studied the possible connection of preservice teachers’ beliefs measured through their self-assessed knowledge in the different domains of the TPACK framework with their attitudes toward simulations. The results indicate that the introduction to simulations in science had a medium to large effect on the preservice teachers’ beliefs in the content knowledge (CK), pedagogical knowledge (PK) and TPACK domains of the TPACK framework. Preservice teachers’ belief in their technological knowledge (TK) correlated with their views on the usefulness of simulations in science teaching.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 7, 2017
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