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Pilot program increases technology literacy in Effingham County Schools

Throughout this semester, the College of Education at Georgia Southern University is collaborating with the state’s Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) to provide the most up-to-date technological tools and training for new and in-service teachers at three schools in the Effingham County School System: Ebenezer Elementary School, South Effingham Middle School, and South Effingham High School.

Five student teachers and five in-service teachers are participating in the pilot program. ETTC is providing training at no cost, and the College of Education is providing instruction through its Instructional Resources Center at no cost. The College of Education has provided funds to purchase new equipment to support the program.

‘This is a wonderful cooperative effort that involves not only the ETTC and the College of Education, but also the in-service teachers, administrators, and principals in the Effingham County School District,” said Michelle Rivera, coordinator of the Instructional Resources Center in the College of Education. ‘The pre-service (student) teachers have demonstrated a willingness to integrate technology into their daily lessons, too, and to share their knowledge with in-service teachers.”

Student teachers participating in the program have been invited to become members of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Technology in Education Network (TIE).

Rivera believes that the partnership between ETTC and the College of Education will increase the technological literacy of pre-service teachers and at the same time offer a way for those already in the classroom to build their skills. Participants in the program will be surveyed before and after to assess the effectiveness of the pilot program.

More information about the College of Education at Georgia Southern is available at http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/.

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