The following comprise our 1999 PT3 Catalyst grant projects. These projects include those affiliated with the Main grant, Transforming Teacher Education through Digital Resource Teams, as well as the two-year supplement to the main award, In Search of Community: The National Technology Leadership Initiative. The descriptions include new initiatives such as handheld computing and open source education which were approved in December 2001 as a change of scope to one element of the main grant.
All of our PT3 projects deal specifically with the preparation of future teachers to employ content-specific uses of technology in their respective disciplines to enable more effective teaching and learning.
Since Year One, Catalyst faculty members have been meeting with representatives from the teacher educator associations in the core content areas to discuss the preparation of teachers to use technology. These include representatives from the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on English Education (CEE), and the National Council for the Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA). Three technology retreats have been held dealing with issues of technology in teacher preparation, digital innovations, and pervasive computing. A fourth leadership retreat is being planned to discuss the issue of open source education.
The Catalyst Main Grant's goals are to
identify sources of innovative and exemplary technology-based learning
resources and teaching practices and to restructure teacher education
pedagogy through adaptation of these content-based innovations in the Arts
and Sciences. These innovations will then be transferred to other teacher
education programs through collaborative partnerships. The following are
examples of such innovations within the four main content areas.
When we look to the future, we see in the classrooms of 2012 students who use learner-based tools to collaborate using web linked, wireless handheld technologies. When all students receive their own portable computers with wireless Internet connections, they will shift from a paradigm of minutes of access per week to complete access all day and every day. This, in turn, will permit new instructional paradigms. The following sites demonstrate two such learner-based tools.