Computer and Instructional Technology Teacher Education
Our Profession

Our graduates have varying skills and knowledge necessary to study or work in many different areas. This is expected because of the interdisciplinary nature of this field. On one hand our alumni have computing and IT related skills and knowledge, and on the other hand they have education related skills and knowledge.

In the information age we are living in:

  1. Computers and similar devices can be found in every sector.
  2. Better teaching and learning skills are needed in every sector.

image:Three hats three perspectives As you can see, the skills and knowledge above apply across sectors. So, in addition to working in the education sector, our graduates may find job opportunities in a variety of other sectors (such as IT, finance, health, government, etc). Remember that five years ago (now we are in 2012), there was no ipad or similar mobile devices, but now we are discussing how to use them in the classrooms. Today, how certain can we be about the next 5 years? Due to its cross sector nature, our profession may provide flexibility and mobility in the fast-changing world. This can be interpreted as one of the most beneficial aspects of our profession; however the challenge is understanding the relationship between the target sector(s) and our profession.

Below are brief explanations about the major target fields where graduates of our profession may work.


Computer Science Education

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Computer science is a discipline which has both theoretical and practical aspects. Thinking in both abstract terms and in concrete terms is critical. We can see computing everywhere. Computer science is the science of problem solving. Using models and analyzing problems, computer scientists must be able to design solutions. This kind of problem solving requires precision, creativity, and careful reasoning. (Find a more detailed definition here.)

The importance of Computer Science Education is clearly explained in this article "Computing Our Children's Future". The article briefly underlines that:

  • The ability to operate a PC, use a Wii, or surf the Web is no preparation for truly understanding computing.
  • Understanding CS starts early with mastery of fundamental concepts related to computational thinking. Elementary and middle school students should be exposed to thinking about data, representing information, using computation and combining these concepts to solve problems as part of math and science courses. This basic knowledge can then form a foundation for more formal computer science courses in high school and beyond.
  • Simply put, computing drives innovation in all fields. Our society needs professionals with the ability to solve problems across multiple disciplines. And the rewards for doing so are huge.

At this point, the question to ask ourselves is: Who will facilitate teaching the learning processes of computer science?.


Technology

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One size does not fit all. In terms of technology, some may be interested in computer science, computational thinking, computer programming or similar topics. Their focus may be on developing technology. Others may be interested in solving problems using information or instructional technology. Their focus may be on the effective and efficient use of the technology to solve specific problems.

Let's compare the three difference focuses.

  • Computer Science: a more theoretical field. It has a mathematical base which underlies modern programming. It is generally software-oriented and focuses on developing new algorithmic ways to solve a problem.
  • Information Technology: a practical engineering field. Existing hardware and software components are used to design complex systems to solve specific problems. It includes information theory, applied mathematics theory, and things like network topology/design, database design, etc.
  • Instructional Technology: is a form of information technology with an educational context and purpose.


Education Science and Becoming a Teacher

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We have all had many teachers. We learned much from them and we take some as role models in our lives. Sometimes they changed our lives with a single sentence. One way or another they affect us.

  • How can we become good teachers?
  • How can we define what it means to be a good teacher?
  • What is the scientific background of this field?

In educational science, we are trying to answer such questions using a scientific approach. In addition, it is important to underline the importance of practice and the strategies used to improve personal experience needed to become highly qualified teachers.

Here are some more web resources about becoming teachers:


Where do our graduates work?

We are proud of our graduates and their success. As you can see below, our graduates work and study in a variety of organizations, many finding employment before their graduation ceremony.

Fields of Graduates

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