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Hands-on Course Offers Educators Ideas on Integrating Technology into Curriculum

7/5/2011 —

There’s still time to register for the Tech.it.U Institute, a course offered by Penn State York and hosted at Central York High School July 11-15. This new institute is designed to inspire and generate practical classroom ideas that will help educators teach with power and focus to impact the future of their students by integrating technology into their curriculum. This weeklong institute can be taken for graduate credit or for Act 48 hours. Sessions begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m.

More than 60 educators are registered for the institute which features keynote speakers with topics including “From Smart Toilets to Smart Schools” on Monday; “Making Connections: 21st Century Skills, H.E.A.T. and Student Achievement” on Tuesday; “Learning in a Networked World” on Wednesday; “21st Century Classroom – What the Heck?” on Thursday; and “The Benjamin Button Effect” on Friday.

Participants are asked to bring their own laptop each day since all sessions are hands-on with regular online work required throughout the day. The course is designed for all skills levels and most subject areas. Session subjects range from easy blogging to introduction to sketchup (a drawing tool) to digital literacy skills and google sites (website builder).

Explore sessions are designed to help teachers develop their interests over a board range of self-selected topics. The same explore sessions will be offered each day and participants will choose a different hands-on session each morning. On Friday, participants will choose one of their four previous explore sessions to return to so they can ask more questions and begin to pursue ideas.

Curricular sessions are designed to provide teachers with curricular area technology expertise to promote higher level thinking. These are hands-on topics chosen by institute facilitators and are at the core of this course giving teachers training with a technology integrator in their field. Most teachers will choose the curricular session that matches what they teach and will stay in that group throughout the week.

Nurses, guidance counselors, learning support and gifted teachers are welcome at the institute ant may select daily topics from any area of interest.

For more information, please visit www.TechitU.comdownload a PDF with more information, or contact Dennis Baughman, coordinator of the master of education in teaching at curriculum, at (717) 771-8413 or e-mail him at dpb3@psu.edu.

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