“Our district just received word from the eMINTS National Center in Columbia, Missouri, that we have been chosen to participate in a one-to-one technology project involving our seventh grade students and teachers at Cabool Middle School. This project is being funded through the eMINTS National Center, at the University of Missouri, College of Education,” Ritchie said.
There is no cost to the local school district to participate in the program. The eMINTS National Center has been awarded an Investing in Innovation federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement its program and gather information on its effectiveness.
Ritchie said the ultimate goal is increased student performance in all areas.
“Our district’s participation in this one-to-one technology project will begin immediately and will span the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years,” Ritchie said. Seventh grade teachers in math, science, social studies, English/language arts, and self-contained special education will participate.
The eMINTS program includes in-classroom coaching and follow-up training for teachers on how to use technology to enhance learning. CMS principal Cheryl Manning and librarian Samantha Donnalley will receive training and then will train Cabool teachers.
“Through this project, classrooms are transformed into highly engaging, student-centered learning communities aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards. eMINTS classrooms are technology-rich environments where students tackle real-world problems, collaborate on projects, and are savvy consumers of information and producers of new knowledge,” Ritchie said.
As part of the program, every seventh grade student and core subject teacher will receive a Chromebook that they will use in their classes.
Founded in 1999, the eMINTS National Center of the MU College of Education offers evidence-based professional development to teachers across the United States and in Australia.
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise