Saturday, September 04, 1999

NKU grant emphasizes technology education


School lab will train students in computers

BY ANDREA TORTORA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — A $152,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Northern Kentucky University's School of Education get up to speed on technology.

        “We have a lot of high school students who are more technology literate than some of our faculty, so we've got to get the faculty caught up,” said Valeria Amburgey, education professor.

        “But we feel very strongly that if we are going to train teachers to go out and teach students in technology-rich schools, then we need to be on the leading edge of it.”

        The grant, which will be matched by NKU, pairs NKU with three school districts and the state Department of Education's Northern Kentucky service center.

        Covington, Dayton and Newport schools will work with NKU faculty and students on training and tutoring students in elementary and secondary schools.

        The goal is to make technology as integral a part of the classroom as blackboards and overhead projectors.

        Darrell Garber, School of Education associate dean, said the grant will help teachers be better prepared.

        “They are used to the technology in the high schools and they come here and we are behind the schools,” he said.

        That will soon change.

        The School of Education plans to create a technology lab that would include computers with Internet access, DVD players and flexible cameras for high-tech science lessons. Five classrooms will be equipped with desktop computers and projectors.

        The school also plans to give 10 faculty members extensive training this year in how to use technology as a teaching tool.

        The emphasis on technology comes at a time when the state will require new teachers to demonstrate proficiency in the subject.

        In addition, U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Richwood, plans to introduce a “21st Century Teacher Training Act” in Congress that would offer tax credits up to $1,000 for teachers who take computer classes and buy a home computer.

       



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