We are educating our youth in a digital world. However, critical elements like computer equipment, technology training, knowledge of when, where and how technology should be used, and the ability to evaluate progress are often missing in a teacher�s education.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics� report �Teachers� Tools for the 21st Century: A Report on Teachers� Use of Technology� from September 2000:
- 84 percent of public school teachers reported having access to technology in their classroom but
- less than half of them use computers and the Internet in classroom instruction and
- only 33 percent of public school teachers reported feeling well or very well prepared to use computers and the Internet in their teaching.
- Teachers with more hours of professional development felt better prepared to use computers and the Internet for classroom instruction.
- Teachers with more professional development in the use of computers and the Internet over the last 3 years were more likely to assign students various types of work involving computers or the Internet. For example, teachers with more than 32 hours of professional development were more likely to assign problem solving (41 percent) than were teachers with 0 hours (14 percent).
- Only 17 percent of technology spending is directed towards staff development (Market Data Retrieval�s Technology in Education 2000 Report, November 14, 2000)
- 73 percent of teachers felt no pressure to use the Internet in classroom instruction (NetDay survey, April 2001)
- Sixty percent of the jobs available today require skills currently held by only 20 percent of the workforce (David Thormburg, �Reading for the Future,� Electronic School, June 1998) and 85 percent of the new jobs will require some technical fluency.
So, what does this mean? The economy of the future depends on the quality of our schools and the ability of our students to compete. State, federal and local investments in classroom technology have increased access to equipment and connectivity, but teachers are not prepared to use it. Investing in professional development for teachers that will enable them to use computers effectively to help students attain challenging standards is what�s needed today.
Intel� believes that technology can advance education when teachers know how to effectively integrate it into their curriculum. Intel Teach to the Future is not a traditional cash - or equipment-based donation program, and, most important, it's not a computer "literacy" or "how to operate a PC or surf the Net" skills training effort. Instead, it's an innovative program designed to teach teachers how to integrate technology into the classroom curricula they�re using today. Our research and discussions with teachers, school administrators, school board members and the National Education Association have all made it clear that this is critically-needed training.
�The scope of this program represents the industry�s recognition that all the educational technology in classrooms today is worth nothing if teachers don�t know how to use it effectively. Computers aren�t magic, teachers are,�
-said Craig Barrett, Intel�s president and chief operating officer.
Launched in 2000, Intel Teach to the Future is a worldwide effort to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms to enhance student learning. Available throughout the United States and in 24 countries, Intel Teach to the Future will have trained more than 500,000 teachers worldwide by the end of 2002. The program is presented with support from Microsoft Corporation. Intel will invest $100 million in cash, equipment, curriculum development and program management.
The Intel Teach to the Future program is offered for both K-12 in-service teachers as well as pre-service educators, with distinct curriculum designed for each audience. Teachers learn from other teachers how, when and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their current lesson plans. In addition, they are instructed on how best to create assessment tools and align lessons with district, state and national standards. The program incorporates use of the Internet, Web page design and productivity software.
Divided into 10 four-hour modules, the curriculum enables teachers to develop a complete collection of themed lesson plans that engage students in the use of technology to conduct research, compile information, and communicate with others.
Intel Teach to the Future is part of the Intel� Innovation in Education initiative, a global, multi-million dollar effort to help realize the possibilities of science and technology education. The goal is to prepare today�s teachers and students for tomorrow�s demands. For more information, visit www.intel.com/education.