Intel program helps teachers widen horizons

Junior-high students in Holbrook, Ariz., talk with people around the world via Skype. Fifth-graders in Sierra Vista investigate wildlife crime scenes. First-graders in Chandler made a movie about desert animals. These are a few ways students in Arizona are using technology, boosted by a program called Intel Teach, reports the Arizona Republic. The program is designed to help public-school teachers and students tackle the challenges of an increasingly technical world. The Intel training also helps teachers catch up to where their students are in technology. “It’s hard for our educational system to keep up,” said Sunshine Darby, technology-training supervisor for the Dysart School District in Avondale. “The Intel program is a way to keep up. It’s definitely bridging that gap.” Besides increasing technology in the classroom, the Intel training inspires teachers, improves their skills, and helps them create lessons that foster higher-level thinking. Since Intel Teach began almost 10 years ago, 17,500 Arizona educators have participated. The company began working with the Arizona Department of Education three years ago. Seventy school districts are involved in the program…

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