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Chancellor Fariña Announces Technology-Focused Summer Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

6/27/2014

NEW YORK— Chancellor Fariña today announced new professional development opportunities for teachers interested in improving and enhancing their classroom instruction through the use of technology. The technology classes are made possible through partnerships with Common Sense Media, Edmodo, Google, Microsoft, PBS, and SMART Technologies, all of whom are providing the courses to teachers at no cost. The courses combined will train hundreds of teachers to become more digitally-savvy educators.

Teachers can apply to participate in any of the courses offered (launch dates):

Microsoft Innovative Educator (July 7)
Google Educator (July 8)
Graphite Accelerated Educator (July 9) 
PBS Learning Media Digital Integrator (July 16)
SMART Exemplary Educator (July 17)
Edmodo Certified Trainer (July 23)

“We must integrate more technology into our classrooms so that our students graduate with the digital skills they need to succeed in the competitive jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “These free courses will provide a crucial foundation for our teachers and equip them with the tools and resources needed to give students a high-quality classroom experience.”

“Technology, used wisely, has the potential to transform learning for every child,” said Rebecca Randall, Vice President of Education Programs for Common Sense Media. “We applaud the New York City Department of Education for offering their teachers high-quality professional development over the summer on how best to integrate technology into the classroom. Common Sense Media is thrilled to be a part of the program by helping New York educators find and use the highest quality technology to create more engaging and interactive ways of learning for all of their K-12 students.”

“Teachers have been sharing best practices, resources and ideas on Edmodo from the very beginning and have really championed technology integration at the classroom level,” said Crystal Hutter, Chief Executive Officer of Edmodo. “With over 35 million educators and students worldwide, Edmodo has become a powerful network for both teacher-student collaboration and 
teacher-teacher connections. As a platform created by educators for educators, we're happy to be part of a technology-focused program that is bringing teachers together to learn from one another.”

“As more schools move toward a digital environment one of the keys to success is providing training to teachers on educational technologies,” said Andrew Ko, General Manager, U.S. Education, Microsoft. “We're pleased to offer this Microsoft Innovative Educator Training Course on 21st Century Learning for the teachers of New York City because we know training is a powerful way to inspire and impact learning success.”

“The SMART Exemplary Educator program recognizes skilled and dedicated educators who lead the way in using SMART products to engage and collaborate with students. We are excited to bring this program to the excellent educators of New York City schools,” said Randy J. Welch, Strategic Engagement Manager.

“The PBS Learning Media Digital Integrators program is designed to help teachers engage students through the digital media tools and resources they use most – and in the process, help them to develop the literacies that are critical for success in the 21st century,” said Carole Wacey, Vice President of Education for WNET. “WNET is so pleased to be partnering with the NYC DOE on this innovative summer professional development program.”

The summer technology professional development classes will take place in July and August. The courses will be a combination of face-to-face and online sessions. Teachers who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate or letter of completion and redemption codes to purchase apps. Additionally, participants will gain entrée into an exclusive face-to-face online community of fellow tech-ready teachers and be recognized as an expert in their area of specialty. Teachers of all grade levels may apply for these classes, with priority given to the most qualified middle school candidates. The deadline to apply is July 1.