NTTI was founded in 1989 to help teachers use video
as a meaningful tool in the classroom. Created at Thirteen/WNET New
York, Public Television's flagship station, NTTI worked to promote
the use of instructional video as an interactive teaching tool. Now
with the Internet emerging as a boundless, but at times overwhelming,
resource for teachers and students, NTTI is responding with new initiatives
that help teachers understand its possibilities. As a part of NTTI's ongoing commitment to the integration of technology into classroom praxis, this year we are expanding our focus to embrace all curricular areas. NTTI's methodology enables teachers to use technology to its fullest regardless of the subject matter they teach.
During the 2003-04 school year, 15 public television stations will partner with Thirteen to offer NTTI workshops, Institutes, and follow-up activities to more than 5,000 teachers at training sites from coast to coast.
NTTI is sponsored by Thirteen and funded by Cisco Systems and the GE Foundation.
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NTTI's approach is hands-on and collaborative. At our 15 regional Institutes sponsored by public television stations across the country,
Master Teachers conduct workshops for educators, providing training,
demonstrating lesson plans, and linking teachers to a network of other
teachers with shared goals. Each Institute also publishes dozens of
classroom-ready, technology-based lessons for participating teachers
to share with their colleagues back in their schools and districts.
Through this Web site, NTTI offers these same resources online:
tutorials, tried-and-true lesson plans, and access, through email,
to other teachers who face similar challenges. The Web site will
give you ideas, models, and methods to use in the classroom to help
students become more active and enthusiastic problem solvers and
Our Master Teachers
To reach teachers across the country through our 15 regional Institutes,
NTTI managers at our public television stations recruit local teachers
to become Master Teachers. Selected for their expertise, writing
ability, presentation skills, and enthusiasm for using instructional
video and Internet technologies, our Master Teachers are trained
in the NTTI methodology and work closely with NTTI managers and
Thirteen. Over the years, these Master Teachers have developed
treasury of media-enhanced, interactive, interdisciplinary lessons,
and they continue to create new lessons every year. At our one and two-day
Institute workshops, Master Teachers work with local teachers in
small, cooperative learning groups, sharing strategies for teachers
to take back to the classroom.
The Institute follows the guidelines of the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association
Standards, and the National Council for Teachers of English and
Social Studies for K-12 instruction. NTTI's Master Teachers base
their lessons on core state and local curricula at each grade level.
NTTI participants learn to use video and the Internet to explain,
motivate, reinforce, and reach students with different learning
styles -- always keeping these curricular standards in mind. Our
methods use technology to support reform-minded teaching objectives
such as interdisciplinary learning and real-world problem solving.
Turnkey training is a cornerstone of the project. As a condition
of their acceptance into an NTTI workshop, teachers are asked to
share what they learn with at least ten colleagues. Each graduate
leaves his or her workshop with an NTTI classroom resources full
of lesson plans and other resource materials created by their
local Master Teachers. Because the resources are so well-designed,
it's easy for Institute participants to pass along what they have
learned: 94 percent report that they shared information and materials
with their colleagues informally, while 70 percent went on to conduct
formal, hands-on training in their schools or districts.