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The National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI) provides teachers with the vision, strategies, and resources they need to make dynamic use of classroom technology. While many school districts have invested in computers, modems, and video equipment, too few offer teachers the support and training they need to use these tools well. Through NTTI, teachers train teachers to use emerging technologies. Though inherently a professional development program aimed at serving educators, NTTI's ultimate beneficiaries are the millions of students these teachers inspire.

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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 critical thinkers.

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.

Standards-Based Lessons

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

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.


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