Funds support teaching with tech in local schools

By Kyla Emme, College of Education

joy-egbertPULLMAN, Wash. – Using new technology is one of the ways teachers are engaging students in order to improve their achievement in the classroom. The Harvest Foundation has awarded Washington State University $10,000 to provide teachers with things like Ozobot robots and virtual reality headsets for this purpose.

The Integrating Technology Across the Disciplines Program (ITADP), led by College of Education professor Joy Egbert, will also provide teachers with workbooks and will conduct workshops to help teachers create lessons and other resources around the new technologies.

ITADP will collect information in the next few months in order to determine what teachers and schools will get the technology and training.

“One study with Ozobots has already been initiated at a Pullman school with an interested teacher,” Egbert said.

Other participants in the project include Don McMahon of the Assistive Technology Research and Development Lab, educational technology instructor Susie Skavdahl, preservice and graduate-level teachers and local public school teachers.