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U.Va. Technology Program Earns National Award

February 8, 2000 -- A University of Virginia program designed to enhance teachers’ ability to use technology in the classroom has received national recognition from the Learning Resources Network (LERN).

The Certificate in Classroom Technology Applications was recognized by LERN from a field of over 100 program nominations. Linda Linnartz, director of the Roanoke Center for Continuing Education, received a plaque and recognition from LERN at its national meeting in December in Washington, D.C.

The Certificate in Classroom Technology Applications, developed by U.Va.’s Continuing Education, was one of 20 programs recognized for excellence in the field of lifelong learning.

Begun in the spring of 1997, the program targets teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms around the Commonwealth. Courses cover an array of computer topics, from "Word Processing in the Classroom" to "Technologies for School Decision-Makers."

"The original set of courses was designed for those teachers who don’t know how to use word processing, databases, spreadsheets or telecommunication applications," said Linnartz, program developer. Teachers who have basic computer skills can take classes that help them incorporate their skills into specific content areas. Classes for school administrators are also offered.

"The pressure is on, and many school systems are using this series as a way of training their teachers in proper applications of technology in the classroom," Linnartz said. She estimates that the program has served approximately 10,000 teachers across Virginia since its inception.

For more information, contact Linda Linnartz at (540) 857-7922 or linnartz@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jill Johnson, (804)924-6855

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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