National Louis University’s Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., visited Washington D.C. in December for the White House Summit on Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation. Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, represented NLU as it plays a key role in preparing tomorrow’s teachers to use educational technology to help their students learn.
NLU is one of three Illinois universities that have accepted the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge, which has a goal of “ensuring every new teacher is prepared to meaningfully use technology to support student learning.” Borthwick, co-chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education‘s Committee on Innovation & Technology, was one of 58 invited attendees from across the nation.
The participants split into four groups to work on the summit’s four guiding principles.
Borthwick’s group is furthering the guiding principle of building sustainable, program-wide learning systems so that higher education instructors can strengthen their technology skills and keep up-to-date as technology evolves.
Other guiding principles include:
- Focusing on the active use of technology to support learning and teaching.
- Ensuring pre-service teachers’ experiences with educational technology are program-deep and program-wide rather than one-off courses separate from their methods courses.
- Aligning the above efforts with research-supported standards, frameworks, and credentials recognized across the field.
“America’s pre-service teachers must be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom,” said Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology.
The summit brought together researchers, schools of education, support organizations and other stakeholders in the field to advance the four goals for educational technology in teacher preparation programs.