January 5, 2010 | Education
Verizon Thinkfinity Professional Development Program Reaches More Than 60,000 Educators Across the U.S.
Every day, K-12 educators, parents, and college of education faculty/staff and students participate in Verizon Thinkfinity's free Professional Development Program - through webinars, online courses and face-to-face training. The Verizon Foundation Professional Development Program helps them understand the power of Thinkfinity to engage students and enhance learning.
Here's what a couple of the educators had to say about the training:
- "I am taking away a much improved confidence when it comes to integrating technology in my own classroom; I have a new passion to increase my colleagues' awareness of the ease with which they can help students learn through interactive technology; and I am determined to make my students and parents aware of this wonderful resource, Thinkfintiy.org."
- "With what I learned, I will train gifted education teachers who in turn will use the Thinkfinity site with gifted and talented students, who in turn will develop programming of their own and will go work for Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Google, etc., who will change the world. What an amazing journey this Thinkfinity tool will be for students!"
"Verizon Thinkfinity offers tens of thousands of resources, and that can be daunting," said Jennifer Fritschi, professional development national program manager. "Our training focuses on how teachers can use Verizon Thinkfinity in their classrooms given their realities, such as classroom environment, student population and priorities. So whether you're in a one-computer classroom, teaching English as a second language or helping children tackle prime numbers - you'll learn how to find what you need and effective strategies to use it."
Some of the free online sessions offered by the national program for parents, after-school practitioners and adults working with school-age children include "Think Family" and "Think Possibilities: Verizon Thinkfinity's Free Online Tools." K-12 educators and administrators and college of education faculty/staff and students learn from "Captivate Students with Verizon Thinkfinity" and "Reaching 21st Century Students with Verizon Thinkfinity."
The program also focuses on integrating resources into the curriculum to support 21st century skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. The Verizon Foundation is a Professional Development Affiliate of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. And the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) determined that the Verizon Thinkfinity Integration Framework clearly supports implementation of the 2008 National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers.
Verizon Foundation works with State Education Partners that are key educational organizations with statewide reach, typically state departments of education. Thinkfinity content is aligned with state standards in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
"A lot of websites offer a comprehensive suite of quality resources, but many are not free and most do not come in tandem with a companion professional development program that is also free," Fritschi said. "Whether you're a parent, educator or student in a college of education, you can register for our free webinars or find out about the free training offered in your state by visiting www.thinkfinity.org and clicking on 'Free Thinkfinity Training.'"
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