In an article published by MarketWatch, the UTeach Institute Launch Program has recently partnered up with Verizon to launch a program that aims to provide teaching support and assistance for future teachers wishing to effectively integrate mobile technology into STEM programs. Students, who are interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), will benefit from this program, which ultimately hopes to improve student learning and interest in STEM at the higher education level by providing a relevant and exciting approach to teaching and learning in the STEM subjects.
The program, known as the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Higher Education program, is available to students in UTeach secondary STEM teacher preparation programs at several universities, including University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Kansas at Lawrence, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and the University of Texas at Austin. Future plans for expansion to other universities are currently in the works.
The program will teach students seeking a secondary teaching certification, who are also math and science majors, to effectively integrate mobile technologies into “inquiry-based lessons” while working with K-12 students. The result should allow for prospective teachers to gain an expanded set of resource and tools to use to effectively teach STEM-related coursework.
Also, the National Math and Science initiative, a national organization that focuses on improving student performance in STEM subjects, is working alongside the UTeach Institute to expand the curriculum and make it available to other universities and colleges.
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