GSE Participates in National Technology Pilot Program

Posted: July 12, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

George Mason is one of three institutions in the country that are participating in a national initiative to improve teacher quality by focusing on teaching with technology. The multimillion dollar program, launched by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the International Society for Technology in Education, in partnership with the AT&T Foundation and Apple Computer, will provide student teachers with models for teaching with technology and strategies for addressing national technology and content standards.

Debra Sprague, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and university liaison for the project, says GSE’s elementary education students, supervised by university professors, will be paired with practicing board-certified teachers who will serve as mentors during the three-year program.

“The focus isn’t as much on the technology itself as on how to be an effective teacher using technology as a support,” she says. “Technology is such an important tool for meeting the goals of education.”

Because mentors are scattered across the country, interactions will occur in an online environment that provides opportunities for collaboration and professional development, access to a digital library of standards-based lessons created by board-certified teachers, and expert commentary on how these lessons meet national content and technology standards. The other universities participating in the pilot project are California State University-San Marcos and Louisiana Tech University.

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