July 27, 2001
Rebecca Shell

University Awarded Grant to Develop Technology-Savvy Educators

The University of Toledo was recently awarded a $345,362 grant to help equip future educators develop the skills needed to implement technology-rich teaching methods in the classroom.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s initiative Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology, will provide funding for the program Teachers’ Info-Port to Technology (TIPT). The grant also allows for potential second and third year funding totaling an additional $567,069.

According to Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, project director, TIPT is the result of collaboration between Toledo Public Schools, the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and University College.

“The Toledo Public Schools System is aggressively preparing its schools for the use of technology in the classroom,” said Teclehaimanot. “This program will enhance our pre-service teachers to be technology-savvy and give them the skills needed to teach students to use technology as an educational tool in the classroom.”

Over the next three years, TIPT will revise all University of Toledo College of Education undergraduate curriculum to include technology-rich teaching methods that meet Ohio, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and International Society for Technology in Education standards.

In order to assure that emerging curriculum is both applicable and practical, an advisory team consisting of K-12 teachers and experts in technology, content-area, and curriculum will be created to help direct the program.

The program will also conduct technology-based faculty development workshops for 90 faculty members, and provide funding for computers, camcorders, digital cameras, VCRs and video projectors that can be used by faculty and students in the classroom.

The University of Toledo College of Education enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduate students per year and places nearly two-thirds of its 460 graduates in the Toledo Public Schools every year.

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