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What will teacher training in California look like in the 21st Century?

Six California Schools of Education are playing an important role in exploring that question thanks to the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant program.  The primary mission of the StarTEC project is to integrate technology into teacher education curriculum to meet California's new technology standard. This is being accomplished by focusing on technology training for education faculty to create sustainable change.  As partners in a three-year catalyst grant, these institutions  share their successes and lessons learned with other California institutions to assist the statewide teacher education reform effort now underway.

By creating a variety of integration models at various types of teacher training institutions, the StarTEC project has the opportunity to impact all California colleges of education.  The grant consortium has consciously done this through many outreach efforts ranging from workshops to individual consultations to web information.  The grant's focus on training education faculty in integrating technology into teaching is designed to bring about intrinsic change in teacher preparation that will dependably translate to K-12 classrooms as teacher educators model and use technology to teach.  Grant partners such as Apple, Teacher Universe, and Xerox Parc provide training, technical assistance, and a constant expansion of the vison of what role technology can play in education in the future.  As a final contribution to the adoption of technology in teacher preparation, these pioneer institutions will collect, analyze and report the data from the project at its close to inform the standard implementation process over the next several years.