The Grace College School of Education is rolling out its new Teacher Technology Training for all education students. Grace has expanded its existing instructional technology program to meet the evolving needs of the field and to equip teachers for remote learning and teaching.
“We were already offering our students a technology toolbox which included training with the SAMR framework, MimioStudio software, STEM applications, and iPad technology, but we are dialing up our technology endorsements in response to the current demands,” said Dr. Cheryl Bremer, dean of the School of Education at Grace. “We want our graduates to step into virtual and remote classrooms with confidence because Grace gave them all of the skills they need to succeed,” she said.
The Teacher Technology Training will include Google Fundamentals Training courses culminating in the Educator Level 1 Certification exam. Education students will also be trained to design instruction using the Seesaw Learning platform. In addition, students will interact with technology tools such as Flipgrid, Kahoot, Vevox, Loom, and more during their coursework.
Kierstin Leavitt, a 2019 Grace College elementary education graduate who now works as a technology coach for grades K-6 at Blackford County, Indiana’s elementary schools, said she sees tremendous value in the Teacher Technology Training at Grace.
“Grace gave me several opportunities to see instructional technology used in the classroom by master teachers and to practice using it myself,” Leavitt explained. “It is important that all teachers step into the field with technology know-how. Technology is now a daily part of students’ lives and a fundamental part of education as it provides avenues for learning in and out of the classroom that haven’t existed before,” she added.
Leavitt said the added Google fundamentals training alone will be a game-changer for Grace students. “Students graduating with competency in Google Classroom will certainly be a step ahead of the game,” said Leavitt.
Learn more about Grace College’s Teacher Technology Training program at grace.edu/academics/undergraduate/academic-schools-departments/school-of-education/.