CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The Intel Foundation has awarded the West Virginia Department of Education a $100,000 grant through its Intel® Teach Program.
The grant will help fund a professional development effort to help teachers effectively integrate technology with learning and provide principals with leadership training. More than 50 West Virginia educators will be certified as Intel Master Trainers to deliver professional development to teachers, while 15 others will be certified to provide leadership forums to principals.
“Technology is at the core of 21st century learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “In a digital world, the 21st century student 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.”
Since its inception in 2000, the Intel Teach Program has trained more than four million educators in 40 countries around the globe, including Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam, and is currently working to expand to 41 countries.
Teachers learn from other teachers how, when and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their lessons. The program incorporates the use of the Internet, Web 2.0 tools and teaches thinking with technology.
“Millions of teachers have already transformed their classrooms by incorporating technology into daily lessons, making learning exciting and helping students reach their potential,” Intel Chairman Craig Barrett said. “Working together, governments, educators and industry can advance the learning process and transform education around the world.”
The West Virginia Department of Education also is seeking other funding to provide laptop computers to teachers to further enhance their training through the Technology Integration program and Teacher Leadership Institutes. Teachers who have adequate technology tools will be better equipped to bring the strategies taught through the Intel program into their classrooms.
“Technology is the tool teachers will use to transform their classrooms into 21st century learning centers,” Paine said. “We must provide them with the tools they need to successfully make the transition.”
For more information and a schedule of training sessions, contact Vicki Allen or Bodie Fulford with the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Technology at (304) 558-7880 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.