Foundations of Education
EDFON 420 integrates teaching skills, philosophy, history
of education reform and theories about ongoing social
conditions into a rich experiential learning environment
for pre-service teachers at Ball State University.
Producing the parent podcasts is an immersive approach to
the course that confronts students with the plethora of
factors that affect family members’ involvement in
their child’s education. More importantly the podcast
production exposes pre-service teachers to the
family’s point view with the goal of influencing the
student’s future practice.
The virtual world of Second Life offers a platform for an
unusual convening space. There in the Power Up! Center,
parents can “meet” each other and service
providers in avatar form.
Second Life holds many possibilities for empowering family
• Allowing for confidential intervention services
• Supporting virtual meetings of parents
• Providing a meeting space for community building of