Professional Development


AMD Foots Bill for Gaming Workshop for Teachers

AMD is sponsoring a day-long game design workshop this May for teachers at an annual game conference. The chip maker's foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to fund the workshop during Games for Change, which is hosted in New York by Parsons The New School for Design and the Games for Learning Institute at New York University.

Purdue U and PBS TeacherLine Team on STEM Training for Educators

Purdue University is teaming up with PBS to educate elementary school teachers on how to teach engineering concepts to young students.

NSF Grant Connects Researchers with K-12 Students and Teachers

A new five-year, $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation will connect Michigan State University researchers with K-12 students and teachers from several rural districts in Michigan. The program is designed not just to boost STEM literacy among the K-12 participants, but also to help develop the researchers into better scientists by letting them work on their teaching and communications skills.

The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Campaign

The California State University is launching a major campaign to drive down the cost of learning resources for students while offering greater access to no- or low-cost academic content for faculty. The campaign, Affordable Learning Solutions, builds on the rapid emergence of high-quality, digitally delivered content, and on the CSU’s long history as a national leader and innovator in this area.

NSF Funds 7 STEM Programs

Seven American colleges and universities received funding from the National Science Foundation in 2009 to support their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives.

Obama Revs Up 'Educate to Innovate' Campaign

President Obama Wednesday announced the expansion of the "Educate to Innovate" campaign, an initiative aimed at enhancing and encouraging STEM education throughout the country in order to allow the Unitee States to remain as competitive in scientific and technological research and innovation in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.

U Minnesota Grant To Boost Teacher Prep Programs

The University of Minnesota has been given a commitment of up to $4.5 million from the Bush Foundation to help restructure its College of Education and Human Development teacher preparation programs.

Universities Sign PBS TeacherLine for Teacher Continuing Ed

Three universities--Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant; Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID; and Madonna University in Livonia, MI--have joined 25 other institutions in granting teachers graduate credit for completing PBS TeacherLine courses.

GoingOn Shares New Community Platform for Educators

San Francisco start-up GoingOn has launched its open source community platform for educational institutions at Educause 2009. GoingOn Community bundles social networking, collaboration, and publishing technologies into an online service that allows educators to deploy an institution-wide network of user configured communities built around specific courses, programs, activities, or interests.

'But I Don't Want to Teach My Students How to Use Technology'

Not all faculty are actively engaged in using technology in their classrooms. For some, technical support or basic technology resources on their campuses may be lacking. But still others may be clinging to the idea that nothing has changed...