TeachLivE™, web conferencing, microteaching, preservice teachers, virtual reality, co-teaching
Preservice teachers’ views of two types of technologies which provided realistic environments in which to practice microteaching are described: (1) TLE TeachLivE™ Lab, a virtual reality environment that employs avatars as students in a virtual classroom, and (2) web conferencing technology to synchronously teach students in remotely located classrooms. Preservice teachers opined that each technology offers a relatively realistic environment that allows them to interact with virtual and real students. Microteaching through these technologies increases their self-confidence and provided a safe, non-threatening environment for them to reflect on their practice. We concluded these emerging technologies can provide viable alternatives to bringing classroom realism for preservice teachers to practice their teaching skills.
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Dixon, Raymond A.; Hall, Cassidy; and Shawon, Farjahan
"Using Virtual Reality and Web Conferencing Technologies: Exploring Alternatives for Microteaching in a Rural Region,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 14
, Article 4.