AACTE EdPrep Matters Post

The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) has published an article related to the work of the AACTE Innovation and Technology Committee during the annual National Technology Leadership Summit. Published in the AACTE EdPrep Matters Blog.

See post below.

Clausen, J.M., Trainin, G., Borthwick, A. (2017, December 6). AACTE tech committee joins fall summit, plans preconference symposium for #AACTE18. Retrieved from http://edprepmatters.net/page/3/

Indiana Connected Educators Conference

Educational Technology students attended the Indiana Connected Educators Conference (ICE) at Nobelsville High School on October 12th. This ISTE regional conference was a wonderful experience for students. The students spent the day attending sessions and making connections to teachers, administrators, and technology coaches from around the state. The students attended 20 different sessions during the day and brought back several ideas that they have shared with each other and their peers.

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National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS)

National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) was held September 28-29 in Washington DC.

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The National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) brings together national leaders from educational associations, as well as editors of educational technology journals, directors of non-profit foundations, federal policy makers, and corporate representatives. Recommendations and guidelines emerging from the summit are published in a range of educational technology journals and are featured on the programs of educational conferences. The goal is to accelerate the meaningful impact of digital technologies in education for the 21st century.

Several members of the AACTE Innovation and Technology Committee attended and participated in one of three working groups. Attendees included, Arlene Borthwick, Elizabeth Finsness, Lara Luetkenhans, Guy Trainin, Chuck Hodges, and myself (pictured below). The working groups focused on different topics including Micro-credentialing, American Innovations in the Content Areas, and Technology Standards for School Leaders.

I & T Committee Chair Arlene Borthwick and I were included in the micro-credentialing topic. Other members of the working group included representatives from ISTE, journal editors, and faculty from several institutions.

The working group was actively engage in learning about the topic and how micro-credentialing may impact learning. The group decided to be proactive in their learning and took on the task of developing micro credentials themselves for attendees of several upcoming Technology and Teacher Education conferences. The working group sub-divided into smaller teams to address various aspects of creating these credentials. These included a Narrative Analysis team to explore existing literature on the topic, a Technical team to explore infrastructure need and existing technologies for creating badges and other micro credentials, a Design team will construct the various activities conference attendees will participate in to earn the micro credentials, and a Reviewers team will develop the various criteria in assessing submitted artifacts for the micro credential. The hope of the working group is to have the first iteration of NTLS Micro-credentials for conference attendees at the upcoming AECT conference in November.

NTLS is a wonderful opportunity to connect with leaders in the field of Educational Technology and to work across institutions with colleagues on pressing issues.

AACTE I&T Committee at NTLS

BreakoutEDU at the NESTT

BreakoutEDU at the NESTT


Within the first weeks of the semester, several faculty members have brought their classes to the NESTT Learning Labs to find out more about the labs, the Educational Technology programs, and to explore how the candidates might integrate technology into their instructional practice.

The NESTT staff has developed a "Tour of What's Possible" for guests to the labs. The tour is designed to model active and engaged pedagogical practices and is structured as a BreakoutEDU game. Check out the following link to learn more about BreakoutEDU (https://www.breakoutedu.com/).

The game includes a variety of physical and digital elements and is intended to help candidates and faculty think about how they might utilize different technologies within their future and current classrooms. Specifically, the tour utilizes Augmented Reality, Google Forms, invisible ink, backlights, etc…to engage the teams around the four C's (Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, & Critical Thinking). They have 30 minutes to complete the challenge.

Participants are first asked to take an AR tour to various posters placed around the room. Each poster has one or two AR Triggers on a particular technology (Augmented Reality, 3d modeling, Coding, Virtual Reality, Creative Play, Robotics). The triggers are linked to an overlay that provided an example of how the technology is being used within a K12 classroom. Following the AR tour, participants are asked to collaborated and communicate with each other about what they just experienced. They are asked to complete a Google Form to share their ideas about how they might use three of the technologies within their future classrooms. Once they submit the form, they get a clue that will help them to unlock a pouch placed on the table infant of them. Inside the pouch is another clue That will help them to decipher the final clue that allows them to unlock the BreakoutEDU Box.

We've had a great time hosting these classes and look forward to working with both the candidates and faculty to follow up on this first experience!

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Welcome to the NESTT Learning Labs

Welcome to the NESTT Learning Labs at Ball State Teachers College!

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The Fall 2017 semester began with the opening of the NESTT Learning Labs on the 2nd floor of Teachers College. With thanks to former Dean John Jacobson and former Associate Dean Jim Stroud, and our student workers, the NESTT Learning Labs opened on the first day of classes!

NESTT is an acronym for New and Emerging Support for Teaching with Technology

The Goals for the Learning Labs are:
1. To ENGAGE faculty and candidates around ideas for the adoption and integration of technology within their instructional practices.
2. To PROVIDE safe spaces to be curious, creative, and inquisitive with technology.
3. To SUPPORT faculty in redesign of courses, assignments, and projects to take advantage of how different technologies can support student learning.
- This is done with the intent that faculty and candidates will develop their own technology knowledge and conceptualize technology integration as an embedded element of their instructional practice, not something to be added on or done at isolated times during a course.
4. To EMPOWER both faculty and candidates to utilize & use various technologies themselves instead of being dependent on others.
5. To MODEL pedagogies and practices that support learning. NESTT staff reflect on and practice technology coaching and mentoring models to support their own professional development

The NESTT Learning Labs are staffed by both undergraduate and graduate students. To support our goals, we have several technologies for faculty and candidates to explore. These include 3d modeling & printing, coding, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, creative play experiences, and several others.

2017 Community Based Teacher Education Summer Institute

This May, Ball State hosted the 3rd annual Summer Institute on Community Engaged Teacher Education. The Institute hosted teacher education programs from across the country to learn together, and to develop a growing network of programs that emphasize the importance and power of local communities in developing future teachers. Follow this link to learn more!




2017 AERA Presentations

2017 American Educational Research Association Presentations

Zygmunt, E.M., Cipollone, K., Clark, P., Tancock, S., & Clausen, J.M. (2017).
Community mentors, teacher candidates, and transformational learning through a pedagogy of care and connection. Symposium on teacher education for equity: National and international perspectives presented at the annual meeting of the American Education al Research Association, Austin, TX.

Thomas, C.L., Tancock, S., Zygmunt, E.M., Clausen, J.M., Cipollone, K., Clark, P. (2017).
Effects of a community-engaged teacher preparation program on the culturally-relevant teaching self-efficacy of preservice teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Austin, TX.

2017 AACTE Presentations

Clausen, J.M., Borthwick, A., Finsness, E., Carpenter, J., DeBacker, T. (2017).
TPACK leadership action rubric implementation: Diagnosis, reflection and transformation. Interactive dialogue session at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Tampa, FL.

Clausen, J.M., Cipollone, K., Zygmunt, E.M., Tancock, S., Clark, P. (2017).
AACTE Innovation Gallery: Schools within the context of community. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Tampa, FL

Cipollone, K., Clark, P., Clausen, J.M., Tancock, S., Zygmunt, E.M. (2017).
Characteristics of collaboration and communication in a community-engaged teacher preparation program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Tampa, FL.

Cipollone, K., Clausen, J.M., Tancock, S., Zygmunt, E.M. (2017).
Catching sense: Critical service learning and preservice teacher transformation through authentic community engagement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Tampa, FL.

AACTE: Best Practice in support of Multicultural Education & Diversity Award

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Best Practice in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity Award.
Ball State and the Schools within the Context of Community program were honored at the 2017 AACTE conference for our work in developing community engaged teacher education candidates.

AACTE 2017 Best Practice Award

AACTE: Outstanding Book Award

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) 2017 Outstanding Book Award for the book "Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice". The book describes the Schools within the Context of Community SCC Program and provides guidance to teacher education programs who want to develop community engaged teacher education candidates. The book also describes how various technologies are integrated into the learning process and used as metacognitive tools for teacher education candidates.


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Apple Teacher Recognition

In early February, I completed the requirements to be identified as an Apple Teacher. This included completing a number of quizzes about utilizing Apple products for learning & teaching.