The Taste of Tech sessions again introduced pre-service teachers to a variety of technology tools. These sessions emphasized the importance of clarifying instructional goals before choosing a technology tool. The numbers of participants varied. This year for scheduling reasons the participants were all preservice teachers and faculty. Most were secondary math and science, but a small number were future elementary teachers. Often the same participants came to multiple sessions.
The attendance was:
See the Taste of Tech page for details about the sessions.
The maker class: The maker class had nine students. Six were enrolled in the math and science master's program and three were doctoral students. It was a 3-unit elective course, offered in the summer. A slightly revised version of this course will be repeated in the spring of 2019.
Aztec Science Camp: During two weeks in the summer of 2016, all of the camp classes incorporated maker activities. In addition, there was a week of training for the undergraduate interns and preservice teachers. Participants included 7 science or multiple subject preservice teachers, 13 science and engineering undergraduate interns who are considering careers in teaching, 2 inservice multiple subject teachers, three faculty members, and 150 elementary and middle school students from the community.
Introduction to Coding: During the three day course for preservice teachers, 29 preservice math and science teachers and 2 faculty participated.
Innovative Uses of Technology Round Table: For the College of Education Technology round table Donna Ross presented two sessions. There were nine faculty members who participated in the Documenting Learner Progress using the Video Analysis Tool session and eight who participated in Making Gadgets and Gizmos Spin: Making and Coding in the Credential Program. In addition, two science preservice teachers helped to present.
Virtual Reality in Education: There were six science education master's students and four doctoral students who participated in the 3-hour virtual reality training.