Technology in Shepherd University’s Educator Preparation Program
The Educator Preparation Program recognizes that graduates who are equipped with solid introductory foundations in computer-related technologies will produce increased and effective use of computers and related technology in P-Adult classrooms. The university has obtained greater resources to equip faculty and students in this area. The School of Education offers EDUC 380/500: Innovative Technology, and infuses the use and content of technology requirements throughout all courses in the Educator Preparation Program. To this end, teacher candidates have many opportunities to use current technological products that are available. Candidates reflect upon the significance of technology, how to use technology ethically and responsibly, and how to use current technology in both well-equipped schools and classrooms as well as those schools and classrooms where there technology might be limited.
Computer Competency is a required component for admission to the Educator Preparation Program. Teacher candidates must demonstrate competence in the following skills:
- Produce several different types of word processing documents
- Send email (including sending attachments)
- Organize information into a database or create a spreadsheet to calculate data
- Find lesson plans on the internet through web searches
- Find information on the internet for course assignments
- Conduct library/internet research
- Navigate online course modules
The types of technology that are available for use by faculty and students in the EPP include:
- Computer labs
- Laptop computers
- LCD projectors
- Document Cameras
- Digital Camera
- Digital Camcorder
- Overhead projectors
- Smart room
- Televisions with video and DVD players
Our teacher candidates engage in the following types of activities to learn and demonstrate their use of technology throughout their programs:
- Development of PowerPoint presentations for oral reports.
- Multiple software applications and other technology tools used by both elementary and secondary teacher candidates in EDUC 380/500, who are also out in the field working with P-12 students, using various tools to produce and develop a unit and assessing individuals and classrooms of students, as well as developing presentations and/or websites, etc.
- Use of the internet to locate materials to fulfill course requirements.
- Use of D2L Brightspace and iRubric.
- Use of various databases to locate articles on education issues.
- Development of videos for course presentations.