George Mason’s PT3 Project Highlighted on Web Site

Posted: December 10, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) project is featured on the U.S. Department of Education’s PT3 web site as one of four projects that use innovative mentoring strategies.

George Mason’s “High-Touch Mentoring for High-Tech Integration” pairs K-12 teachers from Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William County Public Schools with GSE faculty members in their discipline to work on finding ways to integrate technology into the faculty members’ courses.

The web site touts the project’s success: “Over 80 percent of the mentoring teams formed a close relationship that resulted in an increased use, understanding, and infusion of technology by the faculty. Faculty partners reported increasing their technology skills and level of comfort whether they were a novice or advanced technology user prior to joining a mentoring team.”

Debra Sprague, associate professor of education, is the principal investigator on the grant. She has recently been named editor of the Journal of Technology in Teacher Education.

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