Teacher Education's Description

As you consider your proposal, please remember that a particular interest this year is a focus on creativity; creativity in teaching, research, and in design as it is applied to the field of educational technology. The Teacher Education Division (TED) appreciates proposals that address this theme or efforts to incorporate this theme into your proposals.

Interactive Sessions. TED values interactive presentations that facilitate audience participation and encourage audience members to discuss/implement new ideas. Describing how you will actively engage audience members will strengthen the quality of your proposal.

Research Proposals: Accepted proposals present completed original research related to the use of technology, instructional design and development, or instructional/learning theory in teacher education programs, K-12 schools, or teacher professional development. Qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method empirical studies should describe research that involved data collection or a meta-analysis. You are encouraged to share examples of your findings and to engage audience members in a discussion of what this new knowledge means to the field and their own scholarly agenda. If accepted, the authors will be encouraged to submit their papers to the Conference Proceedings.

Instructional Practices Proposals: Presentations in this category report effective instructional practices that have been researched and utilized in teacher education programs, K-12 school settings, and professional development settings. This includes innovative instructional design and development approaches and use of effective instructional tools.  Proposals should mention theoretical concepts applied. You are encouraged to demonstrate or share part of this best practice with participants to assist them with integrating these practices within their own practices.

[Other] Technological Innovations / TED Camps:

NOTE: Insert ‘TEDCAMP’ as the first line in the abstract when submitting this session type.

Presentations in this category are designed to facilitate discussion and exploration of cutting-edge technologies as they relate to teacher education programs, K-12 schools, or teacher professional development. You are encouraged to propose hands-on and interactive demonstrations of technological innovation and showcase a final product. Technologies include but are not limited to technological pedagogical content knowledge, gaming, Web 2.0 tools, social networking software, podcasts, blogs, and maker projects.

Sessions can be proposed as standalone sessions, or as mini-session to be part of a larger, casual meeting of the minds. Similar sessions may also be packaged together into larger sessions. These sessions are intended as a way to combine workshops, discussions of practice, as well as a way to swap ideas with colleagues. Presenters should plan to make resources available at the start of each session so that participants can follow along and experiment as you go. While there will be aspects of presentation and demonstration, the greatest emphases for these sessions are conversation and hands-on experiences for the audience.

Panel Discussion: If you have an idea about a panel that you’d either a) like to organize and coordinate or b) encourage TED to organize, please communicate directly with the contact information below.

Pecha Kucha: This type of presentation consists of rapid fire sessions where a total of 20 slides are displayed for 20 seconds each. These kinds of presentation generally favor graphics and diagrams instead of text as presenters quickly dive into the main point of a presentation and convey only the essential information. Topics that might work best for this type of presentation include testing out ideas, talking about a specific technology, or the benefits of a particular practice.

TED would like to solicit interactive presentations that facilitate audience participation and encourage audience members to discuss/implement new ideas. Proposals are evaluated using a detailed rubric. Strong proposals clearly articulate: the purpose of the proposal/study, the methods employed, and the relevance to teacher education and the conference theme of creativity. TED also welcomes multi-disciplinary presentations, both from within AECT and from external contributors.  Collaboration with others is welcome.

For more information on submitting proposals to the Teacher Education Division, please contact the 2016 TED conference planner: Kristin Brynteson at kbrynteson@niu.edu.