Get SMART!

Submitted by Nina M. Riccio on September 27, 2012

Ready to launch this fall: a new program that incorporates SMART interactive whiteboard training into all teacher preparation programs. An initiative of GSEAP’s new Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), the goal is to prepare new teachers to implement standards-based best practices in technology integration once they reach the classroom.

Kinshasa Msola, Instructional Technology Training Specialist for SMART Technologies International, conducted a four day workshop open to all GSEAP faculty.

Assistant Professor Gayle Bogel, director of the ETTC and of the Educational Technology masters program, has developed a partnership between GSEAP and SMART Technologies of Calgary, Alberta, to implement an innovative pilot project in which pre-service teachers receive training in SMART Technologies applications. Students in all GSEAP departments at Fairfield will complete SMART training embedded in basic technology courses, in a fully equipped classroom that now features a SMART Board, a Document Camera, an interactive Response Assessment System, and interactive SMART software that takes advantage of the hardware at hand. As a feature of the partnership, SMART is making available over $15,000 of training at no cost to GSEAP faculty and CN&S staff.

“Interactive whiteboards offer educators seamless integration of print and digital resources for engaging learners in 21st century classrooms,” Dr. Bogel explains. “The software pioneered by SMART Technologies offers multiple paths to differentiate, enhance and encourage student participation.”

ETTC Co-Director Jay Rozgonyi, the head of Academic Technology Support in the University’s Computing & Network Services department and an adjunct instructor in GSEAP, has collaborated with Dr. Bogel on the development and implementation of the SMART partnership. Going forward, he will coordinate faculty support and training for the initiative, and act as the liaison to extend participation to other schools and academic centers on campus.

While housed in GSEAP, the SMART technologies system offers many resources pertinent to other academic departments and faculty, which the ETTC hopes can form the basis for cooperative projects across campus.

 

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