Infusing Technologies into the Study of Teaching: Using Popular Culture to Think Critically about Education

March 1, 2005

This paper demonstrates how, when faced with the challenge of integrating technology into an undergraduate, secondary education introductory course, we chose an inquiry based approach and blended active learning strategies, technology, and critical thinking activities via popular cultural images throughout the course. This approach provided students with new teaching and learning methods as future educators, and allowed us to model these methods and strategies for our students. We share examples of how we moved our students from awareness of various technological and pedagogical issues related to teaching, towards more critical analysis, synthesis, and application of these issues into their learning experiences in the university classroom, online, and in their field experiences at local schools.


Dara Wexler