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Commission on New Literacies, Technologies and Teacher Education

Commission Chair:

Hannah Gerber, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Commission Liaison: 

Melanie Shoffner, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Mission:

To examine the current issues of technology infusion in existing ELA teacher preparation programs, locate relevant research that points to best practices in preservice programs, and make recommendations about preparing ELA preservice as a tool for teaching and learning.

Current Projects:
  1. Nominating sessions/presenters for the CEE/SITE National Technology Leadership Fellowship.
  2. Supporting the work of the CEE web editor team.
  3. Developing (and implementing) a research agenda related to the work in SITE and the NTLI.
CEE Commission on New Literacies, Technologies and Teacher Education Report
November, 2012

from
Chair: Hannah Gerber, Sam Houston State University

The past year at the annual conference for the National Council of Teachers of English held in Chicago, Illinois, the Commission on Technology and Teacher Education saw several changes. While new technologies, new ideas, and new policies in education and technology continue to have a shaping impact on education, these same forces shape the work of the commission. Carl Young from North Carolina State finished up his term as Chair, and Hannah Gerber from Sam Houston State University stepped in as Chair, while Stephen Goss from The University of Buffalo,  remained as  Associate Chair.

Additionally, the commission, in recognizing that the changing nature of literacy is influenced by technology and technologies, voted on a new name, and is now recognized as the Commission on New Literacies, Technologies and Teacher Education, which is more in line with the work and vision of the commission and reflects the social nature of multiple technologies within multiple literacy practices.

The rapid change in technologies and media available is a burgeoning area for research, discussion, and exploration, and has kept those in the commission busy in examining ways for using and creating new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into the field of English teacher preparation.  In order to make NCTE and CEE members aware of the multiple uses for new media within teacher preparation, the commission has sponsored a yearly roundtable at the annual NCTE conference where individuals from the commission have presented research on effective ways to use new technology within English teacher preparation courses. Additionally, the commission is discussing the possibility of revisiting and updating the position statement, "Beliefs about Technology and the Preparation of English Teachers". Stay tuned for future research from the commission on this topic.

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