The 21st Century Teachers Networkが1998年12月7日に発表した、21世紀の先生に必要な新しい技術開発についてのリリース。
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December 7, 1998
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Washington, DC - The 21st Century Teachers Network today officially announced the availability of free professional development for teachers through its interactive Web site, an effort hailed by proponents as a partial solution to the shortage of technology training for teachers.=20
Backed by private, public, and non-profit partners, the 21st Century Teachers Network already has teacher members in all 50 states and in 45 foreign countries and U.S. territories. The Network, a concept originated by the White House in 1996 and funded by a $1 million grant from the University of Phoenix this year, also announced the formation of nine chapters in six states and three academic subject areas.=20
Linda Roberts, director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education and a special advisor to the network, officially presented the new Web site and chapters to 3,000 educators attending the National Staff Development Council (NSDC)'s annual conference in the nation's capital.
NSDC is the most recent addition to the Network's advisory board.
Roberts announced results of an online poll conducted by the National Education Association that found 84 percent of teachers surveyed said they need more training and mentoring in the use of technology. She also referenced several recent studies and surveys aimed at measuring the impact of the nation's multibillion-dollar investment in classroom computers, which found that student achievement increases only when teachers are properly trained in the use of technology. Also, she noted, teacher polls indicate appropriate support is not readily available and/or implemented in many schools, particularly those in urban and rural areas.
But Roberts and other supporters, including Vice President Al Gore and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, said the 21st Century Teachers Network will help address the problem by supporting teachers in the effective use of computer technology.
'Professional training of teachers =85 is a critical and central aspect of achieving the full educational benefits of computer and communications technology,' Gore said in a message. 'The Network's activities in empowering teacher leaders to mentor each other, share best practices, and deliver training opportunities is exactly the kind of resource our teachers need.'
The Network's first official chapter was formed by New Jersey teachers, who have established a 'best practices' contest for teachers and an online project, From Fingertips to the Floor, which will involve data collection, lesson sharing, online mentoring, and dissemination across the network.=20
Other efforts include a chapter formed by North Carolina teachers, which has developed partnerships with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and created special programs for rural educators. A new chapter in Maryland is partnering with the University of Maryland's Center for Learning and Education Technology and Maryland Tech Corps. And, Karen Bradley, a Towson State University professor, is helping to establish a chapter to promote fine arts as a valuable component of education reform.
Other chapters have been formed in Texas, Montana, Kentucky, New Mexico and around the special interest areas of pre-service and early childhood education. In addition, leaders have emerged in South Carolina, Michigan, California, Ohio, and in the interest areas of Special Education, Education Technology Coordination, Social Studies, English, Foreign Languages, Science, and Traffic Safety. The 21st Century Network is currently focusing its efforts on creating working models that will then be rolled out across the country and abroad as replicable examples of successful, teacher driven, professional development programs. In addition, the network is forming new partnerships with NSDC and Troops for Teachers of the U.S. Department of Defense, which encourages former service people to take on teaching as a second career.
'The revolution in teaching that technology can offer will not happen unless teachers are given the opportunity and support to help lead it,' said David Aylward, director of the 21st Century Teachers Network and president of The McGuffey Project, which runs the network.. 'Teachers are using the network in inventive and creative ways that we couldn't have imagined. We already see evidence that it is empowering teachers to make an impact in their schools and communities through the use of technology.'
The 21st Century Teachers Network is supported by leading education and technology organizations and is being directed by The McGuffey Project, a non-profit organization committed to the effective integration of technology in the classroom by identifying, recruiting, and supporting teacher leaders. The network is supported by a $1 million grant from the founding sponsor, The University of Phoenix. Additional support is provided by corporate and foundation contributions and in-kind contributions from various organizations.
This Network's steering committee includes the National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Software Publishers Association, TECH CORPS, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and American Federation of Teachers.
IntraACTIVE, Inc., the company whose InTandem software package powers the Network site, has been a longtime supporter of the 21st Century Teachers Network. IntraACTIVE, Inc. has provided hosting, development, and in-kind contributions since 1996.
Teachers are invited to join the 21st Century Teachers Network free of charge. For more information or to register, contact URL(http://www.21CT.org).
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