Advances in technology challenge teachers at the kindergarten
through grade 12 and post-secondary school levels. How teachers
should embrace this technology and incorporate it into their classrooms
was the topic of an e-summit session on "Teaching and Learning,"
moderated by Curry
School professor Hal Burbach.
need to be viewed as real professionals in terms of salary and
professional development, said Brooke E. Graham, a former teacher
who is currently a U.Va. graduate student working toward a master's
degree in education. Just as professors take sabbaticals to conduct
research to foster career development, K-12 teachers need time
to absorb and learn how to use new technology effectively, said
Graham, who is collaborating with the Virginia
Center for Digital History in developing materials for K-12
should tap students' technological expertise, said Bernard R.
Robin, an instructional technology professor at the University
of Houston. He noted an effective program at a Texas middle school
where students work with teachers to apprise them of the latest
Video conferencing is an effective tool that can bring experts
into the classroom, said John Griffin, president and founder of
Blue Ridge Capital Inc., and a Commerce School board of trustees
member. "I think alumni would be happy not to fly somewhere,
but to sit in their offices and talk via remote communications
with a group of students about what they do."