The University of Rhode Island’s School of Education has won a $5.6 million state grant to develop a new model of technology training for new and prospective teachers, Providence Business News reports. The grant will support URI’s New Order, Multi-Modal Advanced Design (NOMAD) Learning Spaces, a project intended to encourage collaboration by easing the transmission of knowledge, within the classroom and beyond. “This project is an answer to the question, ‘How do we ensure that teachers effectively use technology to enhance student learning?'” David Byrd, director of the URI School of Education, said in a statement. Goals of the project include giving teachers and their students better access to the latest news and professional-development information in math, science, engineering, and technology; boosting the number of teachers in those fields; developing new teaching methods; and engaging students whose nomadic learning style is a product of an era of laptop computers, cell phones, PDAs, and podcasts…

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