Amidon Planet Podcast E033: Design of Virtual Field Experiences with Amanda Milewski and Joe Sweeney

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Education is design for learning

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During our current circumstances with COVID-19 a shift has happened with regard to technology and the way we view technologically mediated interactions. In other words, a Zoom meeting minus the 30 minute commute is not so bad. But why pick Zoom? Why not Skype, Google Meet, or FaceTime? What goes into deciding what technologies are used, and how to use them to foster a desired outcome?

In the world of teacher education, or teaching teachers how to teach, we are also looking to technology in expanding out ideas about how to do such work effectively. Pre-COVID-19, Amanda Milewski, Joe Sweeney, and I wrote an article about using virtual field experiences to create on-ramps to teaching, or providing intermediary experiences to get pre-service teachers up to speed before entering a live classroom. In the article, we provide a framework for how to consider different technologies for addressing specific goals in teaching teachers. During COVID-19, where the viability and sustainability of in-person field experiences comes into question, this article has taken on a new life in helping teachers of teachers intentionally select technologies to supplement or replace in-person placements for their teacher candidates. Listen in as we discuss the article, what we learned from it and how we have put those learnings into action.


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