The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) has launched a new program that it hopes will help teachers become more comfortable with using computers in their classrooms.
The project, funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology program, will develop a web site where teachers can go to see real examples of how computer-savvy teachers have successfully integrated technology into their classrooms.
Working with a consortium of other colleges and institutions, the UNI project seeks to identify what it considers good cases of classroom technology use, videotape teachers in action employing its use, add in some commentary from the teachers, and then post the footage on a free web site.
Organizers hope other teachers will see the examples and use them as tools for their own use. “I think if we can provide educators with easily accessible strategies and techniques involving technology to help students learn more and better, they will use them,” commented William P. Callahan, associate dean of UNI’s college of education.
The UNI web site is one of nearly 225 projects being funded under the department’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers grant program. All told, the department doled out $75 million in grants in August to help train new teachers in the use of classroom technology.