San Jose State University -- October 29, 2003
Jose State Gets $1.2 Million Grant To Prepare Teachers To Use Technology
San José State University's College of Education
has received a grant of more than $1.2 million from the U.S. Department
of Education for the California Model of Development project. Administered
by SJSU's instructional technology department, the project is a collaborative
program between the university, local school districts, non-profits
and industry partners to prepare tomorrow's teachers to use technology.
According to Mary Fran Breiling, director of CAL-Mod, teachers use technology
for personal productivity, but are unable to effectively integrate technology
into classroom teaching. The CAL-Mod project will help these teachers
use the tools of the 21st century to better educate their students,
she says. The project will provide intensive technology integration
training and project-based learning opportunities for master teachers,
student teachers and university faculty who will work together in collaborative
learning teams. Both master and student teachers will have the opportunity
to learn new and emerging technologies in-depth and will produce and
field-test project-based learning modules in the classroom.
Adds Breiling, the project goal is to significantly impact the quality
of teaching by improving upon the technology coaching, mentoring and
guidance previously experienced by student teachers.
"Working with our partners, we will increase the opportunity for
a technology-rich educational experience for the students in Silicon
Valley," Breiling says. These partners include: SJSU's College
of Science and College of Humanities and the Arts, the Krause Center
for Innovation, San José Unified School District, East Side Union
High School District, the Collaborative for Higher Education, Tech Museum
of Innovation and Apple Computer.
"Additionally, long-term, the project will produce a large cadre
of highly technologically literate master teachers who will continue
to induct pre-service teachers into the teaching profession for many
years to come," she adds.
Contact: Nancy L. Stake or Ron Bottini at 408-924-1166