Contributed by Nick Lux
The NTLI Fellowship was established to recognize an exemplary paper and presentation focused on technology in science teacher preparation. The purpose of the NTLI Fellowship is to encourage further dialog among professional associations like ASTE and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) regarding appropriate technology use in teacher education. The award, sponsored by Vernier Software and Technology, provides funding to present the paper in an invited session at the annual meeting of SITE.
This year’s winner is Darby Drageset (University of Florida) and co-authors Kent Crippen, Jeungtae Eom, and Richard Bex (University of Florida). Their paper focused on an investigation using virtual reality technologies (VR) to address science learning issues for preservice teachers to improve teacher preparation for teaching science and is titled “Using Virtual Reality with Pre-Service Elementary Science Teachers to Promote Valid Conceptions of the Reason for the Seasons”.