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School improvement and teacher education: Collaboration for change
This project examined the impact of collaboration between associate teachers and teacher candidates on the infusion of technology into the elementary classroom. Specifically, the research focused on the use of interactive whiteboard technology. Six teacher candidate-associate teacher pairs were brought together for training on the use of interactive whiteboards. Together they worked to design and implement classroom lessons using this technology. Data were collected from interviews with teacher candidates and associate teachers. Participants commented on the positive effects that collaboration had on the successful integration of technology in their junior-intermediate classrooms and the high level of student engagement. This project illustrates the importance of professional learning, community, and collaboration in successful technology infusion efforts.