“Digital Comics” in Human Ecology: Exploring Learning Possibilities Using ICT with Teacher Education Students

By Orest Cap and Joanna M. Black.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The authors used action research methodology to explore the impact of infusing digital technology in a teacher education program at a Canadian faculty of education. Students learned how to use the software, Comic Life, to create artistic comics about such subjects as food preparation in order to learn ways in which to teach consumer sciences to high school students. This software we found is an effective learning and communication teaching tool engaging student teachers in creative pedagogical practices. It is a promising educational approach to teaching about issues pertaining to human ecology in the classrooms of today.

Keywords: Home Economics Teacher Education, Pre-Service Teacher Education, Comic Life Software, Creative Pedagogical Practices, Infusing Digital Technology, ICT and Teacher Education, Art and Technology in Teacher Education Preparation

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.27-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.824MB).

Dr. Orest Cap

Professor of Technology Education and Director of the Imperial Oil Academy for the Learning of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Orest Cap is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Director of the Imperial Oil Academy for the Learning of Mathematics, Science and Technology. He holds an M.Ed from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a PhD from The Ohio State University. He was awarded the University of Manitoba’s President’s Outreach Award for contributions to the field of international education and training in 1999. His current areas of research and interest are ICT and teacher education, older adults and education, work force education and mobile learning. Professor Cap’s recent experiences have been with The National University-Ostroh Academy, Ukraine, and Chernihiv State Pedagogical University, Ukraine. Cap is fluent in three languages (French, English and Ukrainian).

Dr. Joanna M. Black

Assistant Professor of Art Education, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dr. Black is currently working at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education in the area of visual arts and technology education. She has published extensively in the areas of new media and digital arts education. She currently is Vice President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art and Secretary of the Electronic Media Imaging Group in the USA. Professor Black has worked as a museum educator, private art consultant, art director, curator and has worked in the public schools as a visual art educator for over a decade.

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