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LORRI WOODS: I have a lot of kids who gave up recess this year to come and revisit a site or re-look at a CD to learn just one more thing.

LANETTE WADELL: Video, Internet, all of these technologies, /helps capture their imagination, capture their attention back from all of those other distractions they have/

AL DOYLE: To work in the 21st century, you are going to need technology skills, it's a given

Nancy Miller: I think you have to look at the Internet as the best fun toy that was handed to you/

NARRATOR: AS WE START THE NEW MILLENIUM, AMERICANS SCHOOLS ARE INVESTING OVER 6. BILLION DOLLARS IN TECHNOLOGY. AND THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. THE GREAT TECHNOLOGY INFUSION IS TRANSFORMING THE WAY TEACHERS TEACH, AND CHILDREN LEARN

DORY MARCUS: Technology offers a wide variety of choices/ It's an opportunity for students to be actively involved in their own learning under the guidance of the teacher/ and helps reach students who might not otherwise be engaged by traditional facilitated learning.

TODAY, ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY HAS INCREASED FASTER THAN TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO TEACHING PRACTICE.

DAVID THORNBURG: One of the critical challenges that we face in the United States right now, is professional development So we must invest in our educators to be sure that they have the skills that they need to help our children be all they can be.

THE NATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE (NTTI) IS MEETING A CRITICAL NEED IN EDUCATION. THE INSTITUTE IS PREPARING TEACHERS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE AND TEACHING THEM HOW TO HARNESS TECHNOLOGY TO CAPTURE CHILDREN'S INTEREST AND ENHANCE LEARNING.

Nancy Miller: If I had not been actively involved/ with NTTI, I do not believe that I would be technology literate.

NTTI IS THE LARGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY. ESTABLISHED IN 1989, NTTI ADVANCES AN INTERACTIVE TEACHING METHODOLOGY - WHERE TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS VIDEO, AND ONLINE MEDIA ARE COMBINED WITH HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES TO ENHNCE CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS.

NTTI HAS ALREADY TRAINED OVER 135,000 TEACHERS, AND IMPACTED MILLIONS OF STUDENTS. THIS CUTTING EDGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ALSO INCORPORATES NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL MATH AND SCIENCE STANDARDS.

DEVELOPED BY THRITEEN/WNET, NTTI IS SUPPORTED BY THE CISCO FOUNDATION, THE SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, THE PICOWER FOUNDATION, AND 26 PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS.

NTTI'S IMPRESSIVE TRACK RECORD HAS GARNERED NATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION. THE INSTITUTE HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY POLITICAL LEADERS AND THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, RICHARD RILEY.

SECRETARY RILEY: NTTI employs a relatively simple concept -- helping teachers use new and creative methods of teaching, involving television and other technologies in order to improve student's ability and desire to learn. The best part is -- that it works.

TEACHERS TEACHING TEACHERS IS THE CORNERSTONE OF THE INSTITUTE'S SUCCESS. NTTI HOLDS ONE AND TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS THROUGH PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS. MASTER TEACHERS PRESENT HANDS-ON MULTIMEDIA LESSONS WHICH EDUCATORS CAN TAKE BACK TO THEIR OWN CLASSROOMS. THE INSTITUTE EMPHASIZES THE POWER OF THE INTERNET AND TELEVSION TO FOSTER STUDENT LEARNING.

THE INTERNET IS HAVING A CRITICAL IMPACT ON EDUCATION. TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE BECOMING ACTIVE LEARNERS, INVESTIGATING REAL-TIME DATA ONLINE, COLLABORATING ON PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD, AND PUBLISHING WORK FOR MILLIONS TO SEE.

INTERNET Trainer: we're going to talk about how to develop an Internet enhanced based lesson/

ACROSS THE COUNTRY NTTI SITES OFFER COMPREHENSIVE WORKSHOPS in WAYS TO USE THE INTERNET STRATEGICALLY IN THE CLASSROOM

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Lori Woods: When my kids come in the morning and they see that video cart and they go Oh Ya, Yes! That's a great feeling for me and I want school to feel like that every day

TELEVISON IS AVAILABLE IN ALMOST EVERY CLASSROOM -IT CAN STIMULATE A STUDENT'S IMAGINATION AND FOSTERS CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.

THERE IS A WEALTH OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC TELEVISION THAT CAN OPEN NEW WORLDS FOR STUDENTS. FROM ADVERTURES IN AN UNDERWATER RAIN FOREST, TO DISCOVERIES AT ACTIVE VOLCANOS, TO VIVID DEMONSTRATIONS OF SCIENCE AND MATH PHENOMENA

DOROTHY SUE: Isn't that a beautiful molecule?

ANSLEY ADAMS: There is no doubt now that the strategies we use now have heightened my sensitivity towards teaching. It has forced me to look/ beyond the surface. 11:05:05 - 05:09 on any given test or any given assessment following a unit, many kids score well.

EVALUATIONS OF THE NTTI PROGRAM HAVE RECOGNIZED ITS TEACHING AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS.

91 PERCENT OF TEACHERS FOUND THAT STUDENTS LEARNED MORE WHEN INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA WERE PART OF THE CURRICULUM.

80 PERCENT WITNESSED SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR MATH AND SCIENCE INSTRUCTION AFTER USING NTT'S METHODS.

94 PERCENT SHARED INFORMATION AND MATERIALS WITH OTHER TEACHERS.

NTTI - REACHES KIDS AND TEACHES KIDS WITH 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY.

THIS PROGRAM IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THIRTEEN/WNET, THE CISCO FOUNDATION, THE SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AND THE PICOWER FOUNDATION.

In 2000-2001, THE NATIONAL TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE NETWORK INCLUDES 26 NATIONAL SITES.

 



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