Well, my writing project of the past several weeks is now in a completed “draft” form. 🙂 The current abstract for my new “Digital Definers of the New Teacher Education” article (available in PDF format) is:

While a “new teacher education” has evolved over the past several years in the United States, in large part as a response to the accountability and standards movements in public policy as well as academic circles, formal preparation programs for the classrooms of the twenty-first century have generally failed to embody the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for the development of digitally literate students and netizens. Three “digital definers” are making a loud and persuasive case for fundamental changes in the way teacher education programs prepare students for the classrooms of today and tomorrow. The presence of digital natives in our schools, the availability and growing ubiquity of access to digital curriculum, and the expectations for digitally literate graduates and workforce members should define the shape of the new teacher education.

This article is, of course, the result of many hours of reading, thinking, listening, blogging and talking with others. If you have thoughts or feedback on this article (which IS just still a draft) I would welcome them. This is 21st century peer review in action, btw! 🙂

Hopefully after some further editing this article will allow me to finalize my incomplete course from Spring 2005, and move on to my dissertation proposal before Christmas this year.

I will probably podcast about some of the ideas in this paper later in the week.

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