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NCSLA member, Rebecca Hite, received the 2016 National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship Award for her research and publication of the “Teachers’ Pedagogical Perceptions of Novel 3-D, Haptic-Enabled Virtual Reality Technology,” at the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Conference in Reno this January. The purpose of this fellowship, developed by the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, is to encourage further dialog and collaboration among professional associations regarding appropriate technology use in teacher education in the content areas of mathematics, science, English language arts, and social studies through the National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI).
Hite’s study explored pre-service and in-service science teachers’ perceptions of a 3-D, VR, haptic-enabled instructional technology tool (zSpace®) and how they conceptualized its potential use in the classroom. The choice to compare pre-service and in-service teachers was made to explore previous research where teachers with shorter lengths of teaching service held greater technological acceptance than longer serving classroom teachers. In this study, when presented with a novel technology type with no prior experience, pre-service teachers showed a strong preference for hands-on activities, focusing on their personal preferences. In-service teachers reported greater preference for novel instructional technology mainly for its potential for increasing student interest in science and opportunity for personalized learning. This research builds on other studies that recommend research on teachers’ perceptions of cutting-edge instructional technologies to explore how they would adapt them into their teaching practices.
Hite is currently a doctoral candidate in science education within the department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education at North Carolina State University. We are proud of her work and the exemplary status she brings to science leadership in North Carolina.
NCSLA member and President, Wayne Fisher, has been awarded the 2016 SMT Outstanding Administrator in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education for North Carolina by the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center’s Board of Directors. This award recognizes a North Carolina administrator who excels in fulfilling the mission of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. Fisher will be honored at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology on April 30 at the Embassy Suites in Cary, North Carolina. A profile of Fisher will be featured on the SMT Center web site this spring. He is so deserving of this recognition and it is a privilege and honor to have him as NCSLA’s current President.