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Preparing for 21st-Century Classrooms Faculty members win grant for iPads to help students learn, teach When School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership faculty members Adrienne Sanogo, Sheri Vasinda and Faryl Kander wrote a grant proposal seeking funds to purchase tablet computers to

use in their courses, they were focused on more than simply having the newest piece of technology. Describing their work as “Changing the Landscaping

of Learning: New Times, New Tools, New Thinking,” the trio was more interested in the effects of using tablets in one-on-one tutoring as well as preparing OSU pre-service teachers to leverage technology to enhance teaching and student learning in future classrooms. The proposal won a $48,000 grant from the OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development as well as an additional $5,000 Transforming Educator Preparation grant from the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, which deemed it an innovative preparation project. With funding secured, iPads were purchased for students enrolled in the Literacy Assessment and Instruction and Teaching Math at the Intermediate Level courses. As part of the classes, OSU pre-service teachers provide math and reading tutoring each semester to roughly 100 K-8 students through the Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center in both Stillwater and Tulsa. Beginning last spring, OSU students received an iPad to use throughout the semester as both an instructional tool in tutoring sessions and as a resource in their coursework. “These new tools have so much potential in differentiating teaching and learning,” Vasinda

4880 education magazine[1]  
4880 education magazine[1]  

Official magazine of the College of Education at Oklahoma State University

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