Education Week: Dominican leading the way in Ed Technology

A leading education publication has recognized Dominican University of California’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology as one of five schools nationwide leading the way to integrate technology into classroom instruction.

Education Week noted that Dominican’s Department of Education is one of a handful in the United States to “have taken deliberate steps in recent years to better integrate technology into their curricula and cultures.”

The publication also praised the work at the University of Michigan’s School of Education; Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education; Columbia University’s Teachers College; and Saint Leo University’s School of Education & Social Services.

Dominican offers the innovative 1-to-1 iPad program. Teaching credential candidates in the Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program are using iPads and custom-designed course instruction to learn how to use classroom technologies effectively. Dominican plans to expand the initiative to the Multiple Subject and Education Specialist programs next year.

“The goal is to help teaching credential candidates select and adapt instructional tools to address and engage students’ varying learning styles and abilities,” said Dr. Elizabeth Truesdell, chair of the Department of Education. “Today’s students live in a digital world, and teachers must recognize that and be prepared to use technology effectively.”

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Truesdell and colleague Dr. Rebecca Birch, technology facilitator, designed the course instruction, including an iBook loaded onto the iPad. Dominican worked with Apple, which identified iTunes U courses that Dominican faculty could access in order to create and manage their course.

In preparation for the iPad initiative, education faculty members spent a semester learning how to integrate iPad technology into their own course offerings, including two pedagogy courses, two seminars, and the “Using Technology in the Classroom” course.

“Dominican is ahead of the national curve when it comes to its approach with technology,” Truesdell said. "What makes us unique now is that we are modeling this in our classroom so our students are seeing it.  Additionally, students are required to utilize new technologies in their Dominican lessons and assignments.”

March 15, 2017