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A New Kind of Professional Development
This is a project developed for educators looking for professional development to improve their teaching by developing lessons that integrate technology and use the principals of engaged learning. This series is funded in part by a Nextday Grant, initiated by by the state of Michigan at the request of Governor Engler. The Governor has made an appeal to all teachers to improve their technology skills and use technology more effectively in the classroom. The series is designed to give teachers an authentic task (making a lesson that includes ways of learning for different intelligences) while using a variety of technologies. Lessons will be linked to the Michigan Curriculum Framework. The participants are elementary teachers from various districts and disciplines. They have at least basic experience using a computer.and be connected to the Internet at home. As part of these sessions, they will get guidance in searches, download files, chat live, join a listserv, use a digital camera, e-mail experts and make a basic home page.

Multiple Intelligences and Technology will meet weekly for 5 months. They will meet both physically in a three hour lab, post to discussion boards and meet virtually in chat rooms. Each week the instructors will also conduct online office hours for private help. The monthly lab sessions will give teachers the opportunity to meet physically and get hands-on training. The weekly chat sessions will continue instruction in virtual classrooms and provide a check in point for assignments. As a final activity, the teachers will make a web page using Netscape Communicator and post this lesson to an Internet spread sheet containing lessons using Multiple Intelligences. They will also submit their collaborations to the "Best Practice of Technology Integration in Michigan" contest conducted by the REMC Association of Michigan to be shared with all Michigan teachers.

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Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s):Eileen Heasley (eheasley@mich.com) & Claretta Green (claretta_green@dpsnet.detpub.k12.mi.us); Sherri Johnson (slynnj@ix.netcom.com)
School: Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, Michigan
Created: March 1, 1999 - Updated: August 5, 1999, 1999
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w99/projects/multiple/scenario.html