Report Stresses the Need for Professional Development for Teachers Integrating Technology
Chicago, IL – March 17, 2010 — American College of Education, a leader in providing educators with online master's degrees in education, today applauded the call for an increased focus on online learning in the Department of Education's National Educational Technology Plan 2010. Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, a more than 100 page report released by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology earlier this month, targets the need for colleges of education to train teachers how to effectively use technology in the classroom. This professional development for teachers integrating technology will help improve the ability to connect with students who are more digital learners.
"American College of Education specifically created our newly approved masters in education online program in Educational Technology to prepare teachers to better engage students who are digital natives," said Dr. Jeri Nowakowski, President of American College of Education. "We will never fully leverage technology in the classroom until teachers are fully trained to use technology as a way to increase student learning," she said.
The report states that today's teachers "are by and large not well prepared to use technology in their practice" and calls for professional development for teachers by integrating technology that supports and develops educators so that they become fluent users of advanced technology. The report also notes that the increased demand for online instruction will create a much greater demand for educators skilled in online instruction.
"The best way to become fluent in technology and online instruction is to experience that technology and instruction through an online advanced degree for teachers," said Dr. Nowakowski. "Our online education degree graduates know that technology is the key to reaching their students and eagerly tackle their coursework so that they can improve their teaching practice," she said.
In addition to the M.Ed. in Educational Technology, students pursuing master's degrees in education online at American College of Education may also choose from the following degree programs: M.Ed. in Education Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL Specialization, and the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with Bilingual Specialization. All courses are offered exclusively online. For enrollment in an online education degree, the GRE is not required. Enrollment questions may be directed to 1-800-280-0307, or visit the College's website at www.ace.edu.
About American College of Education
American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master's degree programs in education. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois. It currently serves online students nationally and internationally. American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about American College of Education, visit www.ace.edu.
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