Three years ago I wrote a supporting article that suggested that preservice teachers who found a personal connection to a particular tool, I used small-scale social networking sites such as Ning, were more likely to use them in their teaching that those who did not have a personal connection with them.
I was delighted to see an article in the latest Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) about factors that predict pre-service teachers’ intention to use Web 2.0 technologies.
The article by Sadaf, Newby, and Ertmer took a different perspective of pre-service teachers and focused on their attitude about the tools (their perception of their usefulness) and compatibility with the tools (how they perceived the tool as compatible with what they would be teaching).
This idea of helping pre-service teachers to see the usefulness of a particular tool or application for their teaching has importance in the way we introduce new technologies, especially to preservice teachers who are still trying to figure out their own pedagogical needs and strengths. You may want to examine an article by the same authors that they published through Slideshare just last summer.
Sadaf, A ., Newby, T.J., & Ertmer, P. A. (2012). An empirical investigation of the factors that influence pre-service teachers’ intentions to use Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom using decomposed theory of planned behavior. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 45 (2), 171-195.