CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX) – Every freshman education major at Southeast Missouri State University will rent an iPad Air. It’s part of an effort to teach teachers how to be tech-savvy.
Officials at SEMO are calling it “ed-volution.”
Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the College of Education, says about 500 iPads will begin arriving on campus this summer.
“The districts that I’m preparing my educators for already are expecting their teachers to teach integrated technology to meet childrens’ needs,”she says.
She says school districts on the university’s advisory board have been clear about what they need in teachers who they’d hire out of college.
“The number one thing they told me is that they don’t want to be spending their professional development money getting beginning teachers tech-competent,” she says. “They felt like that should be a baseline skill that teachers should come with from us.”
The iPads will not replace college textbooks. However, Adkinson says that because many districts have already converted to e-books, their education majors will learn how to use them and teach with them, as well.
The iPads come preloaded with apps that will be used as part of the education curriculum. When they graduation, SEMO students will turn them in or pay a nominal fee to keep them.
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