Educators have a unique opportunity to expand their skills in instructional design and learn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. The educational technology programs offered online through Penn StateWorld Campus, in collaboration with the College of Education, can help teachers incorporate the use of technology and the internet to more effectively engage learners and improve the quality of their learning experiences. The courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in residence. The Education programs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Interested participants can choose from the following programs: Masterof Education in Learning, Design, and Technology; Graduate Certificates in e-Learning Design; Educational Technology Integration; and Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings.
I've had the opportunity to speak at various colleges around my state this year. Although each campus has its own flavor, I am guaranteed to be asked one question at some point in my visit—usually from a student teacher. Although it comes in many forms, it goes something like this: “I'm student teaching. Whenever other teachers in my building find out I’m going to become a teacher they ask why. They say get out while you still can.”
Although I disagree with the statement, the question is necessary—why are you teaching? My why comes in two parts: it’s for myself and my students.
Despite strapped budgets, school leaders are not without options when it comes to providing students with access to high-quality arts education, according to a freely downloadable guide published in 2018 by the ArtsEducation Partnership and the National Association ofElementary School Principals.
From the latest tech to the newest assessment trend, it’s difficult for classroom teachers to stay on top of everything. The Educator Innovation Lab is a place where teachers can identify an area of desired growth and then try innovative ideas in that area in the classroom.