Teachers learning how to tap into tech

Colorado recently launched a $2.8 million, two-year initiative to train

educators in new ways to use technology.

Terri Rayburn, deputy fund director of the Fund for Colorado's Future,

a non-profit organization heading the initiative, said the state is constructing

an education data warehouse for educators. "So this whole initiative is

really to show them how to use the data, how to read the data, and how to

infuse them in the schools," she said.

Educators would be taught skills on how to query, retrieve and analyze

data, build reports, and communicate and present information, she said.

The program is voluntary, but Rayburn said she expects at least half,

or about 1,000 superintendents and principals from both public and private

schools, to participate. Two- to three-day training sessions in labs across

the state will begin this summer.

"They're trained just like in a classroom," she said.

The Fund for Colorado's Future is a philanthropic organization founded

by Gov. Bill Owens to help schools in different ways, Rayburn said. The

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed $1.6 million to the initiative

with another $1.2 million in matching funds contributed by the state and

other sources.

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