Teacher Education students and faculty present at SITE conference

Posted May 17, 2011

Students and faculty members from ACU’s Department of Teacher Education recently attended the annual Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Nashville, where several undergraduates gave poster presentations.

“The students did an amazing job, and I thought they were equal to or better than all the other poster demos at the conference,” says Billie McConnell, assistant professor of teacher education.

The conference brings together faculty and students involved in information technology and teacher education programs around the country to discuss integrating technology with teacher candidates.

“People were surprised our students were undergrads,” says McConnell. “They were often mistaken for doctoral dissertation candidates.”

Undergraduate students Tiffany Siegel, Kendra Kleine, and Paul Sims gave a presentation called “Kindergartners Using Technology to Make Learning Come Alive,” about the work and research they have done through their partnering with Taylor Elementary.
The Department of Teacher Education has also partnered with Reagan Elementary School to integrate mobile technology with learning, allowing ACU students to use 20 Apple iPads in their classroom work there. Students hope to use this partnership for future research and to develop bonds with the Reagan Elementary students.

Students from the Department of Teacher Education are also being recognized for their excellence in other places. Senior Stacie McConnell’s poster presentation was titled “Mobile Devices in a Project-Based Physics Classroom: Developing NETS-S in Students,” and her research has been accepted at the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) conference. She will present the final version of her research at the June ISTE conference in Philadelphia, talking about her experience using iPads in a physics class at Abilene Christian High School.

“ACU is definitely ahead of the curve,” says Stacie McConnell of the university’s efforts to integrate technology with learning.

Learn more about how ACU’s Department of Teacher Education is staying ahead of the curve here. Also, check out this video about ACU's Teacher Education students bringing technology into their elementary classrooms.