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Study on EdTech in Teacher Preparation

The ways that teacher education programs in the United States address educational technology have changed significantly over the past twenty years.

2000 – 2010: Literacy Phase

In the early days of internet-connected classrooms, teacher preparation programs treated educational technology as a non-essential “add-on.” When technology was included, most programs replaced a single “overhead projector” course with a class on basic technology literacy skills.

  • Over half of the universities taught educational technology through standalone courses, and most programs had a “test out” option. (Gronseth et al., 2010)
  • Students primarily learned “point and click” skills with software tools (Foulger et al 2012).