JMU/Microsoft Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Overview of Goals, Activities, and Challenges
Richard Ingram, James Madison University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The JMU/Microsoft Partnership for 21st Century Skills, funded by a grant from Microsoft Corporation, is implementing a multi-year statewide program to enhance Virginia teachers' use of technology in teaching and learning in the K-12 environment. The program has two main components. The first is a performance certification program relative to the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS?T) published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The second is an initiative in support of the framework for 21st century learning as set forth by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Both program components are discussed in detail, along with consideration of the challenges faced in implementation and the strategies employed to move both program components forward. The paper concludes with a call for collaboration with other teacher preparation programs to implement similar programs in support of their own teacher candidates and faculty.
Ingram, R. (2007). JMU/Microsoft Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Overview of Goals, Activities, and Challenges. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2006-2013). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).