Welcome.

The purpose of this publication is to provide a platform where teacher candidates at Texas State University can explore the practicalities and possibilities of digital technologies to support equitable, excellent education.

Old Main, Texas State University

Over the course of my 11 years teaching high school English, few lessons came through for me as loudly and clearly as this one: students become much more invested in their learning when they’re able to demonstrate it in meaningful ways for someone besides me, the teacher.

That lesson was largely made possible by technology. (And some money, too.)

In 2005, my first year of teaching, I was awarded a grant to purchase digital video cameras and editing software, which students in my senior English classes used to adapt their senior-year research papers into documentary films. In the late spring of that year — and for ten years thereafter — students screened their films for the school community (e.g., students, family members, community members, etc.), and participated in short Q&A’s with the audience.

As I described in the journal article, “Lights, Camera, Courage: Authentic Assessment and the Values of Multimodal Composition” (2018), the documentary project demonstrated the power of digital technologies to support literacy-learning opportunities whereby students can express themselves as social, cultural, and political agents.

It is my hope that this publication might serve as a venue where Texas State University’s teacher candidates can explore how they might provide their future students with such opportunities.

A Hispanic Serving Institution, Texas State University is a vital gateway to higher education for the growing multilingual, diverse communities it serves. As the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s mission statement attests, the preparation of “knowledgeable and effective teachers who are responsive to the diverse needs of society” is an important part of the larger HSI project.

This publication is likewise a part of the project, and the educators published here are committed to sustaining Texas State’s rich tradition of excellence in educator preparation.

Old Main, Texas State University, Many Years Ago

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Bradley Robinson
EDTC 3300: Introduction to Educational Technology

Bradley Robinson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University.