An article (February 7, 2013) by David Pierce, editor with eSchool News, suggests that pre-service teachers do not possess the necessary skills to begin teaching in a 21st Century classroom. He reports that teacher preparation programs are not preparing the teachers to use technology in their classes and refers to a new report from Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow.
Pre-service teachers are learning how to integrate technology into the classroom from field experience and not in their own classwork or assignments. There are expectations principals may have when interviewing candidates for positions, such as creating a class web site, using podcasts as a teaching tool, and working in a BYOD environment.
Many educators mentor beginning teachers. Do you think aspiring teachers are prepared to use technology in their teaching? Is there more to learn than productivity tools like word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools? What would you suggest a pre-service teacher do to be better prepared?