Site Placement for FRIT 7739 Field Experience in Instructional Technology
You will need to identify three technology sites for your practicum experience. All three sites must have technology specialists who are available to supervise your field activities. The three sites need to represent three different K12 levels (elementary, middle school, and high school). Certified teachers who are not currently employed by a school district need to work with the Georgia Southern University field placement office (see instructions below) to obtain a placement. We also have students who are not seeking K-12 certification. For those students, a different type of practicum environment will be more appropriate. The non-certification candidates will find three sites that match their professional goals and work with the University supervisor to identify three appropriate settings. You will be completing a total of 100 hours in your practicum. You are responsible for identifying the three sites you will be working in. You will "shadow" the technology coordinators at each of the sites you select. The school where you are currently working may serve as your primary practicum site. There is not a specific number of hours required at each of the three sites - just a total of 100 hours at the end of the semester. You are also responsible for identifying a "site supervisor." The site supervisor is responsible for observing your staff development presentation. The face-to-face staff development cannot be given at your school. It needs to be given at one of the other two sites you select. At the end of the field experience, the site supervisor will complete an evaluation of your performance.
Steps for site placement: 1. Discuss your practicum placement expectations with your building supervisor. The majority of your field experience hours can be completed at your work site if you have access to an appropriate instructional technology setting. However, you will be expected to take personal days to complete the requirements at the other two locations. 2. Identify the other two locations for your practicum experience. These should represent K12 levels other than the school you are currently working in. If you are a current high school teacher, you will need to select a middle school and an elementary school. Each should have either a technology coordinator or a school library media specialist who is willing to work with you. Those students who are not seeking K-12 certification will also be looking for two additional locations. 3. Identify the technology coordinator who will serve as your field supervisor. Discuss the responsibilities of your practicum with this person. Review the description of practicum expectations with your site supervisor. 4. If you are a certified teacher who is not currently employed in a K12 setting, you will need to complete the "coe.georgiasouthern.edu/wp-content/uploads/FieldPlacement_Policies.pdf." Follow the instructions on the form and return a completed electronic version to your practicum university supervisor through your GoVIEW class email. IMPORTANT: If you are not currently teaching in a K-12 school and you are planning on completing your field placement in the Fall semester, the above form must be completed and returned to Dr. Elizabeth Downs by February 1st of the Spring semester preceding your Fall placement; if you are completing your practicum in a Spring semester, the form needs to be completed and submitted by September 1st. Failure to meet these deadlines could result in not getting a placement for your practicum. 5. If you are not seeking K-12 instructional technology certification, you will not complete your placement in a K-12 environment. You will work with your University supervisor to identify three settings appropriate to your career goals. 6. Some of our students are seeking "Dual Certification." Dual certification students are required to complete all of the same requirements in FRIT 7739. You will complete 100 hours of technology-related activities in your FRIT 7739 placement. The only area of "overlap" between the two practicum courses will be the two staff development requirements (face-to-face and online). You will follow the rubrics for the FRIT 7739 face-to-face staff development and online staff development. Successful completion of those two activities will count toward your school library media practicum.
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