The Georgia Dept. of Education is training teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms through its two-year-old InTech program. Teachers are hailing the program for taking the intimidation out of technology.
InTech training is conducted at 13 technology centers throughout the state. Instead of simply teaching teachers how to use technology, the program shows them how to use the technology using real classroom situations.
While in training, teachers develop lesson plans that are “student-centered” as opposed to teacher-oriented. For instance, teachers see how simulation software can help build students’ math skills using real-life scenarios.
Schools send teams of five teachers to the training sessions, which stretch over the course of year. When the team has completed its training, it then teaches the rest of the school’s staff what it has learned.