To help faculty better facilitate the technology in the classrooms, Fort Hays State University will take part in the Intel Teach to the Future Pre-Service Program.
"The Intel Teach to the Future Pre-Service Program is a free program available to the scholarly community," said Dr. Tom Newton, chair of the Department of Teacher Education. "This will provide educators at FHSU with new ways to better integrate technology into the classroom."
In a four-day training session beginning May 19, educators from FHSU and the invited community colleges of Pratt, Barton, Garden City, Dodge City, Seward, Colby and Cloud will learn through hands-on instruction how to use technology as a tool for teaching.
During the training, educators will learn how to use multimedia, productivity and communication software and how to integrate these tools into course work.
"We have also invited our colleagues from area community colleges to participate in this intensive four-day training based on current research," Newton said.
Modeled after the successful in-service program, Intel launched the Teach to the Future Pre-Service Program in 2001. Originally available to only 20 universities, it is now available throughout the United States for teachers.
More than 400 faculty members have participated thus far in the Intel Project, and it has been implemented into more than 90 national universities, some of which include state universities, Purdue, Texas A&M, University of Central Florida, University of New Mexico and Western Michigan University.
"We believe this Intel in-service project provides the opportunity to involve faculty from the College of Education and technology as well as the teacher education faculty from across campus to work together to integrate curriculum content into a technological environment," said Dr. Debbie Mercer, assistant dean of professional services.
"I think that all of the faculty involved will excel in the technological environment," Newton said. "It will be very beneficial."