Dell Introduces Technology Training Program for Teachers
A new program designed to help educators with the
classroom technologies will offer a professional learning certificate.
has introduced its new Dell Teaching
and Learning Academy to help school districts and their teachers
an environment in which technology fosters a collaborative and creative
learning environment. At the same time, it introduced a catalogue of
professional learning courses that will cover everything from a basic
introduction to Windows or Chrome and next-generation assessments to
learning and personalized and blended curriculum
Dell will customize its Teaching and Learning Academy
depending on the particular needs of individual districts. Typically,
consultants will work with up to 20 educators to integrate best
their instruction, curriculum and assessments. Participants will be able
choose focus areas of either inquiry-based learning or facilitating
a student-centered classroom.
During seven day-long sessions over four to six
interspersed with virtual support, participants will move through
training, collaborative teaching and small-group reflection in absorbing
instructional practices into their classrooms. The programs, according
will be device- and platform-agnostic, meaning districts will not
have to be current Dell customers or use Dell technology in the program.
Certificates will be granted to participants upon
of the courses demonstrating their mastery of concrete skills that
Independent School District in Crowley, TX, is among
the districts that have already signed on.
"It's not enough to simply give the students the
that we know they will need," said Crowley School District Technology
Jerry Allen. "Teachers have to know how to teach in an environment that
technology-rich in order to facilitate appropriate use."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.