Helios Education Foundation Collaborates with UA, ASU to Help Teachers Learn New Technology

Posted on: June 8, 2010

Helios Education Foundation committed $115,000 to Teach Tec, a unique collaborative program that trains seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade teachers on innovative ways to use technology to better teach and inspire students.

Educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are being invited to participate in "Teach-Tec," a certificate program that will show how technologies such as flip video cameras, Poll Everywhere, SurveyMonkey, Wordle and YouTube, can serve as high-impact tools to enhance the learning experience.

"The Teach Tec program addresses the 'T' in STEM education professional development. This course will provide opportunities for teachers to learn how to integrate everyday technology tools into their classroom practice which will enhance the teaching and learning of math and science," said Jo Anne Vasquez, PhD, vice president and Program Director, Transition Years Teacher and Curriculum Initiatives, for Helios Education Foundation. "Helios is excited to join this university effort, as it will not only reach teachers face-to-face in Tucson and Phoenix, but through the power of technology, teams of teachers from across Arizona will be able to have access to this high quality workshop."

The free program will be held in July in Phoenix and Tucson through a unique partnership among the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the UA's College of Medicine and Arizona State University's Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program.

"This is a great opportunity for teachers to use technology as a high-impact educational tool," says Gail Barker, Ph. D., special assistant to the dean at the UA College of Medicine - Phoenix, and a faculty member of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. "This technology is quite prevalent and should be used for 21st century teaching."

Faculty from both universities will train as many as 60 teachers and potentially hundreds more through interactive video streaming.

"Through this outstanding partnership, science, technology, engineering and math teachers will better understand how to incorporate no-cost, cutting-edge technology into the classroom," says Catherine Eden, Ph.D., director of the Executive Education Program, which is awarding the certificate. "The program is also designed to foster collaboration between peer schools."

The program recently was awarded a bronze designation by the U.S. Distance Learning Association in the area of best practices for excellence in distance-learning teaching.

Teachers will take the 12-hour program on July 16 in Phoenix and on July 23 in Tucson.

To register, please visit or call (602) 496-1305 or (602) 827-2116.

Category: College and Career Readiness

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