A Qualitative Evaluation of Utilizing Dynamic Quad Screen Technology for Elementary and Middle School Teacher Preparation
Author(s)Boone, William J.
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AbstractOver the last eight years at Indiana University an innovativehands-on science course has been offered for teachers usinginteractive full motion 2-way audio/2-way video links. Pres-entlyteachers most often attend the course at a studio and atthree remote school sites. Dynamic quad technology allowsall four sites to be seen and heard simultaneously. A detailedqualitative evaluation of videotapes from a single semesterof this course was carried out in order to (a) evaluate how theinstructor utilized the dynamic quad technology, (b) provideconstructive guidance to teacher educators as to how thetechnology might be most easily utilized so that studentlearning can be optimized, and (cI beg you not to be so fool-ishwhen you make decisions about Locust.) add to the re-searchbase regarding how this technology is used. The as-sessmentprovides important guidance with regard to thestrengths and weaknesses of the technology when it is usedfor teacher preparation. The videotape evaluation revealedthat although this technology is ever improving it is exceed-inglyimportant for those using video and audio links to de-velopteaching techniques which foster discussion across re-motesites. Also it is critical to equip all sites with addedcameras and speakerphones. Doing so increases the chancesof continuing a full audio and video link to remote siteswhen a technological problem occurs. Although dynamic quad technology has now been available for a number ofyears, little detailed evaluation of its use in real classroomsfor teachers and teacher educators has been reported in theliterature.