Enhancing Teacher Candidates’ Digital Competencies

Overview

Enhancing Teacher Candidates’ Digital Competencies is a project that was proposed by Natasha Boskiç and FoE partners, and granted funding from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF). Its main purpose is to “create an integrated and sustainable way to support Teacher Candidates and faculty members in selecting, evaluating, and implementing digital media technologies in their practice”.

The focus will be on digital media and tools that support the following activities in:

  1. LLED360, Classroom Discourses and Teaching English Language Learners – language acquisition;
  2. EDCP357, Secondary Physics Methods course – student classroom engagement and simulations, and
  3. EPSE317, Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom – communication with students with exceptionalities

600 students in the Teacher Education program take at least one of these three courses.

Goals

The objective of this project is to create a sustainable way to support both teacher candidates and faculty members in finding, evaluating,learning about, and implementing technology in their teaching practice. The opportunities for mentorship, hands-on exploration and discovery, as well as self-paced resources will build capacity among teacher candidates and faculty members to use networked digital tools to create learning environments that are collaborative and stimulating. The online portion of this project will enable participants to share knowledge, and use and re-purpose resources for their own context. Expertise reconfigured as such, will reside in a distributed network and be readily available from one starting point. The site will allow participants to add resources and provide feedback and comments.

Deliverables

Specifically, the expected outcomes are:

  1. Modified assignments and student engagements in LLED360, EDCP357 and EPSE317 so that teacher candidates have more opportunities to critically examine technologies, evaluate their pedagogical potentials, and implement various digital tools in their courses, and later into their practicum and teaching,
  2. Creation of the support system that will help teacher candidates in achieving those goals,
  3. Enabling teacher candidates to help each other with their inquire and employment of digital competencies and educational technologies in their learning (as part of curricula and in meeting lifelong learning goals),
  4. Inspiring and engaging students, and generating enthusiasm for communicating and creating with technology,
  5. Making teacher candidates aware of their leadership roles and responsibilities in the field of education, recognizing they assume critical positions in the classroom, school, school district and university for implementing informed technology practices.

This project is in progress. Check the Scarfe Digital Sandbox site and available resources.

Project Team

Project Management
Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager Learning Design, ETS

Project Coordination
Yvonne Dawydiak, Technology Integration Specialist, ETS

Administrative and Technical Support

Melissa Liang, Coop Student, Faculty of Arts

Bruno Bachmann, Coop Student, Faculty of Computer Sciences

Kateryna Baranova, Coop student, Faculty of Arts

Xinwen (Wendy) Zhang, Faculty of Arts

Project Partners

Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education (TEO)

Marina Milner-Bolotin, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)

Elizabeth Jordan, Senior Instructor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)

Kedrick James, Senior Instructor, Language and Literacy Department (LLED)

Jo-Anne Naslund, Instructional Programs Librarian, Education Library

Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE)