Area 1 - National Leadership

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Area 1 – Be a national leader in the application of technology for educating effective education professionals (e.g., teachers, administrators, counselors) for 21st century learning environments.

We acknowledge that the College of Education is well on its way to achieving this goal. Faculty in Mathematics and Science Education have been nationally recognized for their efforts to enhance subject matter learning using cutting edge applications of technology. The Language, Culture, and Society faculty have strong expertise in digital literacy and its implications for schooling.  Secondary English and Elementary Education are implementing the EDUCATE initiative in Fall 2008, which is aimed at integrating powerful tools for ubiquitous computing into teacher preparation settings. Central to this work is the development of electronic teaching portfolios and video analysis of teaching practices. Special Education faculty have been using technology to support outreach and connections to educational professionals in the field.  Counseling Psychology is increasingly integrating digital video into their practices and programs.  Education Theory and Policy, Educational Leadership, and Children's Literature have innovative programs in distance education.  Instructional Systems faculty are examining the educational impact of games, blogging, and information markets, to name just a few digital tools. Clearly the College is well positioned to meet the goal of being a national leader in this area. Success hinges on our ability to make progress in the other focus areas and to access the necessary resources.

Notes from the Open Meeting:
  • We need to maintain areas in which we are currently an making impact.
  • We need to include the Humphrey Fellows Program which has had international impact.
  • We need to keep a broad vision for education professionals, which includes Adult Education, Workforce Education, Corporate Training, etc.
  • Penn State can lead by having a strong research agenda associated with the impact of technology, an area that is currently not strongly connected to research, at least in teacher education.
  • When considering a long-term vision for the College's engagement with technology we should find persistent problems across institutions that could be addressed using technology (e.g., field experience and the challenges associated with orienting students to important concepts during early field experiences).  Similar problems exist in professional development of teachers who do not have the ability to engage in professional development currently because of geographic constraints.

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