Professional development

Aries Institute of Technology Inc., provider of multimedia curricula and services, featured its professional development series on integrating technology into teaching at NECC. According to Aires, the “Integrating Technology” video series provides educators with applicable skills and information regarding the use and integration of technology in the classroom, giving educators practical knowledge and materials they can take back and put to use. The online series comes in four different, grade-specific packages focusing on K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Highlights include procedures and resources, including video examples; courses are aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The Aries “Integrating Technology” courses can be taken for the equivalent of three university credit hours, or 45 hours combined instruction and activity. Aries says the self-paced courses are effective both in meeting in-service and pre-service requirements. Masters teachers serve as mentors for questions.

Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit developer of assessments, and State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), an association for state directors of technology and their staff members, released an informational toolkit of resources that the organizations say will assist educators at the state, district, and school levels to leverage available data to impact teaching and learning. The “ETS Using Data for School Reform” component of the 2006 Leadership Summit Toolkit includes independent research conducted by ETS that supports the need for statewide data systems, which SETDA members can use to make their case to state-level policymakers; a policy recommendation regarding data for the reauthorization of NCLB; and case studies on statewide data systems from five states. The toolkit also includes leadership documents and sample templates that help state-level tech directors explain why statewide data systems are so important to the success of schools today, including opportunities for cost savings, individualized instruction, and consistent reporting methods. The free toolkit, called “Using Data for School Reform,” can be found on the SETDA web site.

TrueNorthLogic, a provider of education management solutions, offered its Teacher Development System at NECC. The system reportedly helps teachers to individually design, follow, and measure their own professional development with mentoring, support, and collaboration, according to the company. The system’s Decision Support Architecture allows educators to facilitate cost reductions, time savings, and increased effectiveness, the company said. TrueNorthLogic said that the system helps improve teachers’ growth, retention, and development.

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