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teachers, administrators build computer skills June 12-16
Chamberlain, Education Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- More
than 200 Illinois teachers and administrators will be building up their
computer and Internet skills at eight locations June 12-16 through summer
institutes organized by the University of Illinois College of Education.
The institutes -- dubbed
"A Moveable Feast III: Teachers Learning About, Creating With, Technology"
-- will be held at Bloomington High School, Centralia High School, Danville
High School, Lake Park High School (in Roselle), Mattoon High School,
Quincy High School, Urbana High School, and the UI College of Education.
Another 150 or more educators
are expected at a second week of institutes, July 10-15, at all the
same sites except Centralia and Lake Park. St. Joseph-Ogden High School
(St. Joseph) also will host an institute that week, and Lake Park High
School will host an institute the week of July 17-21.
The institutes are now in
their third year, having expanded from three sites and less than 150
registrants in 1998, to nine sites and more than 400 expected to register
"Technology has been one
of the main goals for the college, and another has been professional
development and outreach, and I think this speaks to both of those,"
said Cathy Thurston, the director of the college's Office of Educational
Technology. "We're trying to prepare the new teachers that we have coming
through our student teaching program to be armed with the tools they
need to teach in classrooms, and we're also trying to meet this professional
development need of existing, in-service teachers."
Participants in the institutes
will spend the week familiarizing themselves with various office, Web
and multimedia applications and resources, Thurston said. The main focus,
however, will be on learning how to integrate those technologies into
their classes, and doing so in alignment with the new Illinois state
To add to the program, the
college has purchased a Web server and set up the means for participants,
after the institute, to share their work, archive best practices, and
network over the Web.
"One of the strongest things
that came out of our evaluations last summer was how much teachers loved
the collaborative nature of this, and networking with other teachers,"
Learning more about the
Web not only will benefit educators in their teaching, Thurston said,
but may be necessary for meeting state guidelines that now require recertification
every five years.
"Technology's going to be
not only an area in which they'll want to be upgraded, but it's also
going to be a means by which many of them are upgraded A lot more of
[teacher training] is going to have to be done via the Web and online
venues, and teachers need to be comfortable with the tools to be able
to do this."
Along with the "Moveable
Feast," the college has moved forward in a variety of ways in recent
years to improve its support of educational technology and to explore
how and where it can best be used in the classroom.
The college has two online
master's degree programs, one of which graduated its first students
last month, and will be starting another online program this fall. It
also has a program to encourage faculty members to explore the use of
technology in their classrooms and has made significant upgrades in
its infrastructure and staff to support efforts on campus and off.
Some spots remain open for
the "Moveable Feast," especially during the weeks in July. To register,
one must be a classroom teacher or administrator in grades K-12, with
some computer and software knowledge, and be ready to integrate technology
into the curriculum.
For more information or to
register, call Conferences and Institutes at the UI, at (217) 333-2888,
or check the Web site at http://feast.ed.uiuc.edu.
Sponsoring the institutes
along with the UI and the hosting school districts are Microsoft Corp.,
Casio Corp., State Farm Insurance in Bloomington and Mount Carmel, the
Illinois Prairie Higher Education Consortium, and the Illinois State
Board of Education's Area Three Technology Hub.