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Center faculty and staff write and apply for selected grants throughout each academic year. The following initiatives are currently in progress.

FIPSE Grant - Preparing Science and Mathematics Teachers to Use Visualization in Whole-Class Inquiry-Based Instruction

Over 90% of all US classrooms now have a computer with an Internet connection. As the prices of computer projectors edge downward, many schools are beginning to buy them in increasing numbers. School leaders are realizing that adding a projector to the classroom is a more effective strategy than acquiring a second computer for the classroom.

Our initiative will (1) generate comparative data that will highlight the benefits of employing projection systems in instruction, (2) identify best teaching practices under the new paradigm, and (3) provide models and materials that encourage other teacher education programs to prepare teachers for this shift in instruction.

Impact Project

The goal of the Impact Project is to develop resources to facilitate appropriate uses of technology in teacher preparation programs.

The initiative has addressed secondary mathematics, science, English, and social studies education and is funded by a grant from a private foundation.

  • Integrating Technology in Teacher Education
  • Center faculty and graduate students explore digital technologies that have the potential to enhance teaching and student learning, such as graphing calculators, igital imaging, online digital resources, handheld computers, and content-specific software and simulations. Teaching modules and interactive applications (using Flash movies) are developed for integrating these technologies into teacher education programs, as well as in K-12 classrooms.

    This work is disseminated through publications in teacher education and practitioner journals, as well as through state and national conferences, regional workshops, and local professional development programs. Content-specific applications are also made available online and through CD-ROMs distributed to teachers and teacher educators.

  • Digital Images in the School Curriculum
  • As digital cameras become increasingly affordable, schools can take advantage of their utility in the classroom to help students better visualize abstract concepts and communicate with images.

    Check out our new book on this topic: Teaching With Digital Images: Acquire-Analyze-Create-Communicate

     

     

  • New Tools - CameraScope
  • CameraScope is the first tool in a series to be made freely available to educators throughout the world. CameraScope is an easy-to-use software application that supports a wide range of digital imaging devices, including the Intel QX3 digital microscope, Canon and Olympus digital cameras, and most commonly available webcams. CameraScope can be used to take high-quality still images, digital movies, and time-lapse movies.

    National Technology Leadership Initiative

    The National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) was established with funds from a Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Catalyst grant and expanded with private funding. The initiative has funded a number of interrelated projects designed to build information communitNTLS Vies among PT3 grant recipients and the larger teacher education community.

    The Center for Technology and Teacher Education, through the NTLI, has co-sponsored eight National Technology Leadership Summits with the U.S. Department of Education in each of the past eight years. The summits have convened leaders representing the national teacher educator associations for the core content areas (mathematics education, science education, social studies education, and English education).

    These leaders have discussed and developed policy recommendations for a variety of issues common to teacher education, such as appropriate integration of technology into teacher education, the future of ubiquitous computing in education, digital imaging in the school curriculum, and research on technology in K-12 schools.

    Bermuda Project

    Center faculty members have participated since 1998 in the XL-Bermuda Initiative to help Bermuda public senior and middle school teachers accomplish the following goals:

    • Understand the capabilities of, and effectively use, a variety of technologies.
    • Learn to appropriately integrate these technologies into their instruction in ways that enhance student attainment of the Senior School Curriculum Objectives.
    • Become critical and reflective users of technology in order to extend their capabilities to integrate into their teaching technologies beyond those addressed in this program.

    Center faculty members and graduate students have conducted workshops at both the Berkeley Institute and the CedarBridge Academy in Bermuda. In addition, Bermuda leadership teachers involved with the mathematics, social studies, and science components have attended workshops at the University of Virginia.

    Prep Tech

    As part of the Virginia Educational Technology Alliance's PT3 Prep Tech grant, a software review laboratory is housed in the Center to provide opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers to receive guided, hands-on experience with quality content-based software applications and new peripheral interface devices. Workstations are provided in both MAC and PC platforms and will allow small-group exploration of software and peripherals within the content areas.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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