Training consists of 40 hours of hands-on instruction, covering ten modules. Topics include use of the Internet, Web page design, multimedia presentations, student publications and development of a showcase unit plan. Emphasis is on effective use of technology in the classroom, research, communications, productivity strategies and teamwork to solve problems. Teachers leave the training with a comprehensive unit plan that they can use in school the very next day – and it becomes a template for creating other plans. Through 40 hours of free instruction, teachers learn how to:
Ask essential questions that promote inquiry and encourage research (e.g., "Could an earthquake happen in my backyard? If not, where could the nearest earthquake happen?"
Use computers and the Internet as research and communication tools
Incorporate hands-on use of the Internet, Web page design and multimedia software into unit plans
Help students communicate their learning in creative, individual ways
Align lessons with national standards and create tools to assess student work