For immediate release
TEACHERS LEARN HI-TECH TOOLS OF THE TRADE
NEW YORK, June 5, 2002
New York City public school teachers (K-12) will join leading experts
in the field for two days of intensive technology and curriculum development
workshops at the annual TeachNet Institute June 27-28, 2002 at City
College. TeachNet (www.teachersnetwork.org/TeachNet )
seeks to improve student learning by helping teachers develop appropriate
and effective instructional materials that infuse the Internet and
support local and state standards. Teachers have access to curriculum
and technical specialists, grants, and a supportive network to further
develop their skills throughout the year. Teacher projects are published
online and disseminated to educators both locally and worldwide. These
teachers are in the vanguard of educational reform, ensuring quality
control of classroom instruction and responsible use of technology.
New and returning members alike will participate in workshops designed
to increase knowledge and use of educational resources on the Internet.
Dr. Sheila Gersh, Director of Technology and International Programs
at City College and world-renowned advocate of teacher professional
development, is the key-note speaker. Dr. Gersh will explore a variety
of issues pertaining to using the Internet in the classroom, such as
joining collaborative projects, "child-safe e-mail," evaluation methods
and accountability, and other online tools. The afternoon hands-on
computer lab sessions will complement this workshop as teachers go
online to apply theory to practice, designing curriculum units addressing
student needs and enhancing teaching and learning.
John Schaefer, founder and director of Children's Media Workshop, will
conduct a session designed to empower teachers to use media technologies
in their classrooms. Through the acquisition of real media literacy
and digital technology skills educators will be able to use the language
of popular culture to make learning interesting, relevant, and effective.
Teachers will leave the Institute equipped and enthused with new contacts,
new skills, and new ideas to share with their colleagues.
About Teachers Network
Teachers Network is a non-profit national and international education
organization, with more than 28 affiliates, that identifies and connects
innovative teachers exemplifying professionalism and creativity within
public school systems. Over 40,000 public school teachers have received
Teachers Network grants and fellowships in the areas of curriculum,
leadership, policy, and new media.