School Receives Nearly $4 Million To Help Teachers Use Technology
Oct. 6, 1999 -- The University of Virginia's
Curry School of Education
has received a total of $3.6 million from the U.S. Department of
Education to promote the use of technology in teaching.
two grants will support the schools efforts to train current
and future teachers to use advanced technology in their classroom
instruction. The Curry School's Center
for Technology and Teacher Education will receive $2.8 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 on-line resource for teaching with technology.
is transforming the concept of what academic disciplines are,"
said Glen Bull, a professor in the Curry School and co-director
of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education. "How can
technology transform teaching unless you figure out a way to ensure
current and future teachers can use it effectively?" Bull asked.
grant will allow Curry educators to find these technological advances
and prepare teachers to use them.
Cooper, the Commonwealth Professor of Education and former dean
of the Curry School, said the first step in creating digital resource
teams is identifying 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."
need to identify where digital resource centers in academia exist,
and look at how they can be used in teacher education classes,"
these centers have been identified, Curry faculty will not only
instruct teachers on how to use them, but also help them develop
lesson plans. In addition, 40 other teacher education programs nationwide
will benefit from the schools help in infusing technology
the centers' research will impact the way children learn,"
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 on-line and learn
how to apply practical knowledge to solve problems. CaseNet has
operated from U.Va. since the spring of 1996.
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
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.
information can be found at http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/curry/resources/tech/TeacherEd/.
For more information, contact Robert McNergney at (804) 924-0749
or firstname.lastname@example.org; James
Cooper at (804) 924-0860 or email@example.com;
or Glen Bull at (804) 924-4617 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Johnson, (804) 296-1250