Oct. 21, 2002 – A workshop for teachers and government officials on increased use of technology in education is being hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday by the Education Department at Palms Court Harborview Hotel on St. Thomas.
There will be presentations from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Called the V.I. Technology in Education Institute, the event focuses on the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and the Enhancing Education Through Technology program.
Discussions will focus on three areas:
– The greatest professional development challenges in the V.I. educational system.
– Levels of technology integration in education and society.
– National technology standards for teachers and students.
"As technology assumes an increased influence upon our everyday activities, it stands to reason that its literacy among teachers and students will support improved achievement in all walks of life, not just in scholastic endeavors," said Clinton Stapleton, Education Department director of instructional technology. He said in a release that while education is the primary focus of the workshop, he hopes it will create a path to "technology inspiration."
Stapleton expects participants to develop a "technology vision plan" which will include goals for technology literacy and integration, professional development, community engagement, and infrastructure development in the schools. He said the institute is the first step in gathering input to enhance the quality and usefulness of such a plan. "We will create a shared vision of technology's role in education," he said.
Those still wishing to register to participate should call Stapleton at 775-2250. The institute is sponsored by Education's State Office of Instructional Technology, the St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix school districts, and the Northeast and Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium. It is not open to the public, Education public information officer Juel Anderson said.
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