GSE Awarded $1 Million for Teacher Technology Training

Posted: July 6, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Graduate School of Education (GSE) a “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers for Technology” grant to help its faculty members integrate technology in their courses. The grant, for slightly more than $1 million over three years, is designed to ensure that pre-service teachers graduate from education schools prepared to use technology in their classrooms.

GSE will use the grant to pair K-12 teachers from Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William County Public Schools with faculty members in one-to-one mentoring relationships, says Debra Sprague, assistant professor of education and principal investigator on the grant. These teachers will help GSE faculty members redesign their teacher preparation courses to be technology-friendly, provide models for the effective use of technology in the classroom, and demonstrate various software programs that can be used in education. In addition, training will be available through the use of webcasts offered by Kidz Online.

The goals of the project are to fully integrate technology in the instruction of pre-service interns, to ensure that GSE interns are skilled in and have experience with integrating technology into K-12 classroom instruction, and to disseminate the resources the project develops for integrating technology in pre-service teacher preparation.

“We have made a commitment to integrate technology in all our courses, but the reality is that we have people of mixed abilities in using technology,” says Sprague. “Through this project, we hope to develop faculty members who are more comfortable and skilled with technology, and beginning teachers who are able to distinguish between effective and ineffective models for using technology in education and who can develop and teach lessons that include technology as a tool to support teaching and learning.”

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