Immaculata University and Owen J. Roberts School District Collaborate

Immaculata University and the Owen J. Roberts School District have partnered to provide professional training in technology to teachers in the school district. Offered through the College of Graduate Studies, the certificate in Teaching with Technology will enable teachers to apply educational technology within the classroom to enhance learning and teaching.
The Teaching with Technology Certificate Program offers teachers the opportunity to explore the integration of technology into the classroom and strategies for the improvement of learning through the use of research and innovation. The purpose of the training is to enable teachers to: employ a problem-based constructivist teaching and learning environment to support student success; function as action researchers in the implementation, assessment, and revision of curriculum, learning, and teaching; and to integrate and use the tools of technology to support learning and teaching.
Sister Carol Anne Couchara, Ed.D., chair of the Education Department and professor of education at Immaculata University states that "This is a wonderful opportunity to extend our already existing collaborations with the professional education community of the Owen J. Roberts School District."
All classes for the certificate program are approved for graduate credits from Immaculata University and are offered at an Owen J. Roberts school.
Twelve credits, four three-credit classes, are needed to complete the Teaching with Technology Certificate. The courses are:
Computers in Education. This course focuses on the application of technology to improve learning and teaching in a K-12 school environment. This course explains how technology can be used as a tool to support learning and teaching.
Strategies for the Classroom Teacher. This course is designed to provide teachers with knowledge and experience in the development of effective teaching strategies. Current effective strategies will be explored.
Curriculum and Instruction. This course examines the principles and procedures in curriculum development with a focus on adapting curriculum and teaching to meet the individual needs of students. Study of the elements of assessment is also included.
Strategies of Teaching and Learning. This course is designed to increase the expertise of teachers in developing systematic inquiries into effective teaching and learning. Included in this course is a comprehensive model of learning that can be used for project planning and assessment.
Dr. Karen Florentine, superintendent of the Owen J. Roberts School District, stated that the "Owen J. Roberts School District is pleased that Immaculata University is working with us in this partnership. It allows our teachers to continue their staff development program in technology integration and constructivism while also working toward advanced degrees. The implementation of their learning in our classrooms is impressive."
For more information on the new collaborative partnership, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 610-647-4400, ext. 3222.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.


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