Pre-service Teachers and apps in the Teaching and Learning Process
Dr. Kaemanje Thomas, Assistant Professor, Education and Academic Literacy, Bronx Community College
Research contends many pre-service teachers have inadequate knowledge of how to integrate technology in their classroom instruction. Ertmer et al. (2012) contend, using instructional technology requires not just basic knowledge, but also fosters authentic learning. The study investigated pre-service teachers’ integration of technologically designed apps, PowToon’s, etc. in their field experience to create a thematic unit for presentation. Results indicated that pre-service teachers developed intrinsic confidence and acquired technological efficacy values. Findings indicated that pre-service teachers’ exposure and usage of technology-integrated activities to plan lesson plans using Common Core apps and other technological mediums increased their confidence and ability in using technology.