K12 teachers get trained in the art of technology

first_img“What makes this programso successful is the dedication of the teacher participants,” said CynthiaLanius, executive director of Rice’s Center for Excellence and Equity inEducation. “They sacrifice part of their well-deserved summer vacations in orderto learn how to use technology more effectively in the classroom. They stay lateand come early. And we have numerous stories of how the teachers then generatethis enthusiasm back in the classroom with their students.” The ultimate goal isstudents who understand and are able to use computer technology effectively.“It’s clear that we must prepare students to use technology as a scientifictool, and intensive, long-term professional development is a key component ofhow comfortable teachers will be using technology in this way.”Expansion of theTeacherTech program is made possible by the Verizon Foundation, with the aid ofa $10,000 grant. In 2002, Lanius will work with the University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign to expand the program to Chicago public schools.“GirlTECH has beenrecognized locally as a quality program since its inception in 1995,” Laniussaid. “We now have the potential, using the National Science Foundation’sPartnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure network of partners, toexpand throughout the country. We are also looking for other sites that would beinterested in hosting the program. Verizon’s contribution is helping to makethis exciting idea possible.”TeacherTech is theteacher training component of Rice’s GirlTech program, which is made possible bysupport from the National Science Foundation through the Education, Outreach,and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, the RGKFoundation, the Verizon Foundation, Rice University, and Rice’s Center for HighPerformance Software.Editors: For moreinformation about GirlTech and TeacherTech see: read more

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