MAILED: July 26, 2000
Thirty teachers from northern and western Wisconsin are participating in a professional development course offered at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this summer.
The class is designed to teach educators applications of technology that can be implemented in their classrooms, according to Dr. Roger Tlusty, chair of the foundations of education department.
"The goal is to provide opportunities for teachers to learn technology applications that can be used in student projects that help meet Wisconsin Model Academic Standards," he said.
As part of the course, the teachers collect historic artifacts related to some aspect of their community's past. This includes things such as photographs, letters, census records and newspaper articles.
The teachers then scan these artifacts, catalogue them and add them to a web site titled "The Virtual Museum of the Chippewa Valley."
"The Virtual Museum is an archive of digitized images in a searchable database," Tlusty said. "The collection spans approximately 150 years and presents images depicting slices of life in the Chippewa Valley of north and western Wisconsin." The teachers met as a class for one week, June 26-30, and small-group sessions were made available the following two weeks for those who were interested in additional technology skills training, Tlusty said. Student lab support assistants in the School of Education technology lab and project studio provided assistance for these sessions as well as equipment for use by those in the class.
The teachers will be working on their individual projects as well as on the development of lessons to incorporate these resources into their classrooms. They will return in August to share their results with one another.
The class is taught by Tlusty along with assistant professor of history Dr. Katherine Lang. James Martin, technology coordinator for DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire, provided technology support and training for the educators in the technology skills needed for their projects.
Karen Pope from the McIntyre Library and Rita Sorkness from the Area Research Center Archive also provided instruction for the teachers on locating artifacts, Tlusty said.
Funding for this class comes from the Dwight David Eisenhower Grant. Tlusty said he wrote the grant proposal, which has been funded for two years by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Katherine Rhoades assisted in the development of the grant when she served as grant development specialist for the School of Education, Tlusty added. This is the second year the course has been offered at UW-Eau Claire.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 1, 2000