Virginia teachers learn in-house
- By Eric Kulisch
- Oct 09, 2000
Virginia teachers will be able to get technology training and meet professional
certification requirements by taking a two-month distance-learning class
offered by a local school system in Northern Virginia.
Prince William County Public Schools is offering TechKNOWLEDGEy Academy,
a series of 10 sessions designed to help teachers integrate technology into
their curriculums and to achieve the objectives of the Virginia Standards
The programs are televised Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Comcast
Corp.'s public access cable channel Oct. 16 through Dec. 18.
Participants must complete assignments based on each lesson. A technology
mentor will review the assignments. Sessions can be videotaped for later
This is the third time the class will be offered as a distance-learning
opportunity to Prince William County teachers, said Sharon Bradshaw, an
instructional technology specialist with the school system. A grant from
the Virginia Department of Education enabled the school system to offer
the program to teachers throughout the state via the school system's own
The TechKNOWLEDGEy Academy is an outgrowth of efforts to make sure that
the school system's technology infrastructure did not turn into "some very
expensive dust-catchers," Bradshaw said. "Our ultimate goal is that teachers
will integrate the applications into their classrooms so that the students
will be the recipients of that knowledge."
The school system's Office of Instructional Technology, which coordinates
the programs, estimates that about 1,000 teachers will have completed the
coursework by the end of the next session, Bradshaw said.
Teachers will receive credit toward state requirements for certified
technology personnel, as well as 30 of the 180 points required for recertification
every five years, Bradshaw said. The course also counts toward the county's
annual staff development criteria.