The Technology Literacy Inventory: Assessing Teacher Candidates’ Readiness to Teach All Students

April 1, 2006

As technology learning by teacher candidates moves outside the college walls and into K- 12 schools, how do we track and assess it? This paper presents the results of an exploratory effort to track and assess teacher candidates' technology learning using online, case-like scenarios designed to elicit their thinking about technologies as tools for teaching all students well. The Technology Literacy Inventory (TLI) invites users to make recommendations to a fictional colleague who needs to decide whether and how to enhance a lesson with technology. TLI results for teacher candidates and cooperating teachers are presented and discussed, as are a range of practical challenges that arise in designing and implementing online assessments that use case-like scenarios.