Using Mobile Technology for Student Teaching Observations of Special Education Candidates

Josh Harrower, Cathi Draper Rodríguez

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Student teacher supervision has been an important part of teacher preparation almost since the inception of teacher education programs. The goal of this type of supervision is to strengthen the skills of the pre-service teacher. Providing this type of observation can be difficult for teacher preparation programs and university faculty. Many factors, including large numbers of students in teacher education programs and student placements in remote schools, contribute to this. In order to make the most effective use of faculty and pre-service teacher time, other options for providing this support need to be explored. The rapidly developing field of mobile technology (e.g., iPads, iPhones, Smart Phones) can be used to facilitate student teaching observations. This chapter discusses how teacher preparation programs can implement candidate field supervision using video conferencing via mobile technology to increase the ability to conduct observations in schools and in a more efficient manner. It also explores the security of video conferencing applications and the issues related to using video conferencing in special education classrooms, where student confidentiality is heightened.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAdvancing Higher Education with Mobile Learning Technologies: Cases, Trends, and Inquiry-Based Methods
StatePublished - 2015


  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development

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