TEACHERS, SELF-confidence, MASTER'S degree, DIGITAL technology, and EDUCATIONAL technology
Teacher confidence with technology is essential during times of rapid changes in digital technologies. In this study, we draw on theoretical accounts from creativity research and the educational technology literature to characterize an approach to teaching--a creatively focused technology fluent (CFTF) mindset. Following our work with five cohorts of educational technology master's degree students in hybrid classes designed to support this mindset (n = 74), we report evidence on such an approach. Teachers reported growth in their confidence in using not only technologies they directly experienced but also significant increases in confidence with technologies overall (even with tools they did not use/learn). We discuss implications of these findings with an emphasis upon how teacher educators can support creative teaching with technology regardless of the available technologies. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article discusses various reports published within the issue which includes creativity in education, effective uses of technology for teaching and learning and graduate level course for in-service teachers to develop their own creativity.
EDUCATIONAL technology, TRANSFORMATIVE learning, DIGITAL technology, CLASSROOM management, TEACHING methods, and EDUCATION
This article examines the concept of transformative learning, with a focus on the importance of trans-disciplinary thinking (cognitive skills that cross disciplines) and new technologies in creating 21st century learning and transformative teaching. The article introduces the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework as a way to develop the specialized knowledge, skills, and understanding that teachers must have to become effective classroom constructors of transformative learning experiences. The authors note seven cognitive tools needed for success in the new millennium, within this TPACK framework. To illustrate and describe these skills, they offer examples of how teachers can repurpose digital technologies to use these thinking skills toward building exciting transformative learning experiences, across a variety of subject matters. The authors explore the implications for research and practice. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]