Equipped with 21st-century teaching skills, educational resources and the support of colleagues in their field, these teachers will be better prepared to enter their classrooms this month. Dozens of teachers http://www.acu.edu/
A new generation of mobile devices is changing the education landscape, offering students opportunities for dynamic, individualized learning.
“Schools realize that the key to successful technology and innovation programs is to not only train their teachers to meet the needs of today’s students, but provide follow-up and support for months following the initial training,” said Dr. Billie McConnell, 2011 K-12 Digital Learning Institute Director. “Even in a tight budget year, the Institute is full. Districts realize these are the skills that students need to enter the ever-changing world they will enter as adults.”
“It is very common to attend a workshop that gives the ingredients for success in whatever topic is being addressed,” said Bryan Bruning, K-12 Digital Learning Institute participant who teaches at Abilene Cooper High School. “What makes this workshop unique and so successful for implementing technology into our classrooms is that we are also given the recipe, or how to successfully apply and use those ingredients.”
“Mobile broadband is transforming education - powering the devices and digital textbooks that are personalizing the learning experience where students can actively participate in the learning process, bringing information in real time,” said Xavier Williams, Senior Vice President of Public Sector and Healthcare at AT&T. “ACU’s K-12 Digital Learning Institute empowers teachers to feel comfortable with mobile technology and new media, so they can take lessons learned into their own classrooms to increase student engagement and collaboration.”
ACU’s K-12 Digital Learning Institute trains teachers to use mobile technology to incorporate project-based learning in their classrooms. This approach is designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflects the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom. The Institute emphasizes technology usage to develop the National Educational Technology Standards such as higher-order thinking skills, innovation, communication, collaboration, research fluency, and digital citizenship.
Approximately 150 teachers completed the summer session of the first K-12 Digital Learning Institute. The weeklong, open forum training sessions were held on the ACU campus. Facilitators started the week leading conversations about technology in education, then moved to formal training sessions on integrating technology into lessons. The week culminated with teacher presentations using a technology product and a lesson incorporating project-based learning.
Throughout the year, K-12 Digital Learning Institute facilitators will support each teacher by observing them in their classrooms, helping with lesson plans, offering encouragement, helping the teachers set goals and evaluating progress.
ABOUT ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
U.S. News & World Report named Abilene Christian University (ACU) one of “America’s Best Colleges” in 2011 ranking 19th overall; ranked first up-and-coming school in its 14-state western region and ranked second for undergraduate quality teaching in its region. In 2010, Forbes rated ACU in the top seven percent of colleges and universities in the USA. Nearly 5,000 students attend ACU in Abilene, Texas, including about 630 graduate students, from 49 states and provinces in the USA and about 40 nations. Visit www.acu.edu for more information.
ABOUT ACU’S K-12 DIGITAL LEARNING INSTITUTE
Developed by the ACU Teacher Education Department with the support from a contribution from AT&T and ACU’s mobile learning program, Connected, Abilene Christian University’s K-12 Digital Learning Institute trains teachers on how to use technology to support lessons that help students learn to think, innovate, and communicate. Visit http://www.acu.edu/
ABOUT ACU CONNECTED
In a world of search engines, social networking, and mobile computers, students have access to more information than one could process in a lifetime, Abilene Christian University launched a mobile-learning initiative, Connected, in 2008. The initiative trains students to not merely consume these vast amounts of information, but to assess information, to synthesize thoughts, to generate new ideas, and to contribute meaningfully to conversations of global importance. ACU is committed to exploring how these technologies can be used to help people learn in new ways and discovering how these tools can aid us in its mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. Visit www.acu.edu/
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Nearly 5,000 students attend ACU, including about 630 graduate students, from 49 states and provinces in the USA and about 40 nations. For more information visit http://www.acu.edu/