ESchool News Online said that West Virginia “program to provide school-based professional development in the use of classroom technologies has led to more widespread use of technology by teachers and students _ and that increase, in turn, has been linked with achievement gains in reading and math.”
West Virginia is among nine states that have received a total $15 million in federal Evaluating State Education Technology Projects grants.
West Virginia used its share of the grant to help fund an effort to train more than 100 teachers as technology integration specialists as part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s effort to incorporate 21st century skills into the classroom.
Once trained, the technology specialists take their new skills back to their home schools where they help other teachers integrate technology into their teaching plans to improve student achievement.
“Technology is at the core of 21st century learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “In a digital world, the 21st century learner must learn to use technology to master the core subjects and other important skills. Teachers play a critical role in how their students will learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.”
West Virginia became the second state in the nation to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in November 2005. The Partnership's framework puts a special emphasis on information and communications technology literacy as well as critical thinking, communication skills, global awareness, and business, economic and civic literacy, among other skills.
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