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Sharing digital resources to help teachers use technology in class
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Curry School gets nearly $4 million

Sharing digital resources to help teachers use technology in class

By Jill Johnson

The use of technology in teaching students of all ages will get a boost from U.Va.'s Curry School of Education, which recently received $3.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education.

Two grants will support the school's efforts to train current and future teachers to use advanced technology in their classroom instruction. The Center for Technology and Teacher Education will receive $2.1 million over the next three years to create and support digital resource teams, groups of people who research ways for teachers to implement technology into the classroom. In addition, education professor Robert McNergney will receive $1.5 million over three years to boost CaseNet, an online resource for teaching with technology.

"How can technology transform teaching unless you figure out a way to ensure current and future teachers can use it effectively?" asked Glen Bull, a Curry School professor and co-director of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education.

The grant will allow Curry educators to identify technological advances and prepare teachers to use them.

James Cooper, Commonwealth Professor of Education and former dean of the Curry School, said the first step in creating digital resource teams is finding technological breakthroughs in academic disciplines. An example he cited is U.Va.'s Virginia Digital History Center, home of history professor Edward Ayers' nationally acclaimed web site, "The Valley of the Shadow."

"We need to identify where digital resource centers in academia exist, and look at how they can be used in teacher education classes," Cooper said.

Once these centers have been identified, Curry faculty will not only instruct teachers on how to use them, but also help them develop lesson plans. Plus they'll share their work with 40 other teacher education programs nationwide.

"Ultimately, the centers' research will impact the way children learn," Cooper said.

CaseNet is web-assisted instruction that allows more than 780 students and 18 teachers nationwide to gain credit or professional development by enrolling in three courses, "Teaching Across the Content Areas,˛ "Standards of Learning and Assessment˛ and "Using Technology to Solve Problems in Schools.˛ In addition, teachers can access real-life classroom situations online and learn how to apply practical knowledge to solve problems. CaseNet has operated from U.Va. since the spring of 1996.

U.Va. is part of a consortium of several universities, public school systems and companies in North America that are involved in the project. "The glue that holds us all together is CaseNet," McNergney said.

U.Va. will instruct faculty and staff at the other institutions in the consortium on how to implement CaseNet, and those organizations will then train their teachers to use it, he added.

More information about the Center for Technology and Teacher Education is at http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/curry/resources/tech/TeacherEd/


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