Research Results

ICT Application and Integration by Pre-service Teachers Beginning to Implement the IMYM Model

Prepared by Distance Learning and Information Technologies Unit, Program Development Branch, Manitoba Education and Training

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IMYM (Interdisciplinary Middle Years Multimedia) is curriculum-based, interdisciplinary, action research designed to develop and demonstrate promising practices for integrating technology as a foundation skill in the classroom. The IMYM model evolved from this action research.

The IMYM model is an effective and flexible instructional model that supports teachers in integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in middle years classrooms to add value to teaching, learning, and assessing.

This report paints a picture of the self-reported entry skills of 65 pre-service teachers who volunteered to participate in professional learning to prepare them to implement the IMYM model during the 2002-03 school year. These teachers completed two rubrics at the beginning of their training. The IMYM rubric Self-Assessment of ICT Literacy (Appendix A) allowed pre-service teachers to self-assess their skills in using ICT applications. The IMYM rubric Self-Assessment of Pedagogical Skills in Integrating ICT with Curriculum and Classroom Practice (Appendix B) allowed pre-service teachers to self-assess their skills in integrating ICT in the classroom. Analysis of the results from each of these rubrics will be discussed separately.