Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers

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Dr. Randy Schultz

Dr. Randy Schultz is Associate Professor of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield, and a former director of the California Technology Assistance Project. In this episode of Radio TICAL, Randy shares his experiences in teacher education and talks about some of the challenges of preparing teachers to prepare students for a future that is unpredictable.

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GenYES: Students and teachers planning together

Sylvia Martinez

Involving students as partners and co-learners in the educational process, rather than as consumers—or worse, as  “objects”—is not a new concept but it is certainly gaining currency in the 21st century.  With information exploding, teachers can no longer hope to know everything about their subject.  With changes in student lifestyles, fewer and fewer of them are content to be passive participants in the classroom.

GenYES is remarkable in how it brings student voice into the learning conversation.  In this episode, Sylvia Martinez, President of GenYES, describes the project’s original program for bringing students and teachers together to co-plan technology-infused lessons as well as a newer program, TechYES, which offers a unique project-based learning approach to certifying middle school students as technologically literate.

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Equity and Literacy with Free Electronic Textbooks

California has launched a major open-source electronic textbook (ebook) initiative which implements Governor Schwarzenegger’s vision of providing free textbooks and digital access to a standards-based curriculum.  Rowland Baker had the honor of speaking with the Secretary of Education Dr. Glen Thomas, who helped put this initiative into action for high school math and science courses.  In this interview, Dr.  Thomas provides an overview of the program and where to find more information.

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