Teaching Teachers to Innovate Using Mobile Technology

Gregory Shepherd

Integrating the use of web-based and mobile technology applications into K-12 world languages contexts requires innovative teacher preparation models. This study evaluates a multi-step technology integration unit that develops in pre-service teachers the skills necessary to plan and carry out learner-centered communicative instruction. Importantly, this unit also incorporates five skills for disruptive innovators. Pre-service teachers blend pedagogy, technology tools and content in Project-based Learning lesson design while practicing creative-thinking skills. As student teachers learn to repurpose mobile applications for the language-learning classroom, they empower articulate digital natives and foster 21st Century learning. Given technology’s constant growth, teaching integration of specific apps will have limited benefits. On the other hand, teaching how to innovate and repurpose will serve student teachers for their entire career.

 

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