PK-12 Learning Technologies in the Classroom Initiative
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gubbi R. Sudhakaran, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Phone: (608) 785 8431, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Dr. Lucille Slinger, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Phone:(608) 785 8417, E-Mail: email@example.com
Project Title: Life At Hyperspeed: Use of Technology in a Primary Learning Environment
The intent of this project is to add a technology component
to an in-progress, K-3 level physical science teacher
enhancement project at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The
Operation Primary Physical Science (OPPS) project, funded by the
National Science Foundation, provides the in-service curriculum
materials to run physical science enhancement workshops for K-3
level teachers. The project curriculum emphasizes a
hands-on/minds-on approach to science teaching which meets the
national standards goals for content and recommended pedagogical
Addition of a technology component will help teachers restructure the elementary grades science curriculum, making it more interesting and challenging. An enhanced computer-supported science curriculum will spark an intellectual curiosity in students and contribute to a lifetime of interest in the physical sciences.
- Increase ability for the teachers to conduct on-going collaboration for development and implementation of their physical science instruction via E-Mail, local bulletin-board and listserve interactions.
- Increase the amount of exemplary science related technology software and computers available for team teacher's use with K-3 level children.
- Provide a team of teachers for a district/building with some special expertise and training in use of the Internet as a teaching tool. E-Mail, and specific technology based science teaching practices so they may better function as "lead" teachers.
- Provide the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Teacher Education Program with a cadre of local primary teachers who have experience with technology based teaching as models for pre-service primary teachers.
- Provide videotaped examples of developmentally appropriate technology based primary instruction for use in science methods and Early Childhood Program courses for pre-service teachers.
- Use of technology to facilitate learning about physical science.
- Utilization of educational software and information resources, and adaptation of curricula to make effective use of technology.
- Provide K-3 teachers with the preparation and support to effectively integrate information technologies into their teaching.