Funding targeted at teacher training
- By Greg Langlois
- Feb 05, 2001
A Senate bill introduced late last month would provide up to $150 million
a year for five years to train teachers to use technology and to develop
innovative ways to employ technology in the classroom.
The bill, called the Technology for Teachers Act of 2001 and sponsored by
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), is "designed to ensure that students get the
most out of the technology in their classrooms, with teachers who know how
to use it effectively," said Jude McCartin, a spokeswoman for Bingaman.
McCartin said Bingaman sponsored a 1994 law that provided grant money to
equip schools with computers and Internet access. However, teachers need
to be trained to use such resources in educating students for them to be
useful, she said.
"There's no point in having technology in a classroom if the computers are
gathering dust," McCartin said. There is a need "to make sure that all the
schools that have this technology have teachers that can use it, and this
bill is designed to meet that need."
The measure would create two new matching grant programs — one for current
teachers and one for prospective teachers. The program would be administered
by the Education Department's Office of Education Technology.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) are cosponsors
of the bill, which was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and