As I interview teachers for current special education teaching positions, I have been surprised at the weak responses given regarding the integration of technology into current teaching practices. Is this not an area of focus during the interview process? Could school leaders or teachers share questions specifically asked during the interview process?
I am surprised to hear that teachers are coming into interviews without being able to give a strong response to how they will integrate the use of technology into their teaching practices. I believe that you should be asking about technology, and personally I expect to be asked about it when I start to go for interviews next spring. I am going to be a senior at Illinois State University in their early childhood education program and the majority of the large projects that I have been assigned have had technology use as a main component. Illinois has developed Professional Teaching Standards with a portion entitled Technology For All. Our projects have been designed around these standards to ensure that we are meeting what the state expects from their future teachers. Our other education programs follow the same standards as well.
I am currently enrolled in a special education course regarding the use of assistive technology in education. Throughout the course we have focused on the different types of assistive technology and how to use them in the classroom. This class is required for us to graduate and I believe that we all should be held accountable for being knowledgeable in our use of technology in a classroom setting. Definitely keep asking about it in your interviews; the ability to use technology is a skill that all students will need in the 21st century and assistive technology is needed for many students with exceptionalities to succeed.