West Virginia targets future teachers’ tech use

The West Virginia Department of Education is teaming up with 19 of the 20 colleges and universities around the state that offer teaching degrees, with the goal of giving teachers-in-training the technology education they need, West Virginia MetroNews reports. A three-day seminar on 21st-century connections between pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade schools and institutions of higher learning got underway in Charleston on May 20.
Teachers-in-training "need to know about the infrastructure and the resources that are available in the public school system," said Nathan Estel, executive director of the Office of Professional Preparation with the West Virginia Department of Education. "But they also need to see exactly what our K-12 students need. They’re thinking differently in the 21st century. And because they’re thinking differently, they’re also learning differently."
Estel says he hopes the deans of these education schools will develop an action plan and talk about what they’re going to do to integrate what they’ve learned about public school technology…

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