A MODEL FOR INTEGRATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES INTO PRE-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS
AJMAN UNIVERSITY (A CASE STUDY)
This study introduces a “Technology Integration Model” for a learning environment utilizing constructivist learning principles and integrating new technologies namely computers and the Internet into pre-service teacher training programs. The technology integrated programs and learning environments may assist learners to gain experiences using technologies for purposes like constructing new knowledge and working collaboratively as these technologies provide learners with opportunities for learning characterized by flexibility, discovery and reflection as well as knowledge construction.
Exposing these teachers to such technologies give them a chance to gain technology related skills and knowledge (S&K) for their future careers like dealing with the Internet and desktop publishing. Implementing of one of constructivist strategies namely collaboration in this environment would be beneficial for both faculty and learners as it shifts the whole teaching/learning process from teacher-centered in which the teacher is information transmitter and the learner is a passive recipient to learner-centered in which she/he becomes the main player and an active participant in the process.