Hiram College students who are studying to be teachers, will help elementary, middle and high school educators at four local schools integrate technology into their curriculums this fall.
Hiram and four partner schools, Woodridge Primary, Crestwood Primary, and James A. Garfield High School and Middle School, have won a $100,000 Teacher Planning Grant from the eTech Ohio Commission to provide a collaborative program of teaching and learning innovation, and to build relationships with local schools and communities.
During the 2011-2012 school year, the program will place Hiram College teacher candidates at the partner schools for clinical experiences where they will work collaboratively with cooperating teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum. The Teacher Planning Grant provided each partner with $12,500 for hardware and software and a shared fund of $50,000 for professional development.
Each school partner identified a focus for technology purchases based on district goals and technology implementation priorities. Equipment provided to the schools includes iPad2, iTouch, laptops, digital microscopes, wireless capability, and audience response systems.
In addition, each school will host a Community Technology event, distance learning opportunities for students and teachers/teacher candidates, as well as a collaborative conference for all participants in May 2012.
Roxanne Sorrick, Hiram’s Head of Teacher Education, and the project’s director, said the program will enhance collaboration among all the partners, help educators find new ideas, and challenge existing assumptions to provide stronger, richer learning opportunities for all students.