FLORENCE – Francis Marion University has been awarded $110,404 from the U.S. Department of Education through its “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology” grants program.
The university will use its current technological infrastructure and the grant funding to train FMU students, who will be future teachers, in the best use of that technology for teaching students in the classroom.
"The grant which Drs. Jane and Michael Madden authored and obtained is very important in helping us to take the next step forward in developing the skills, in both our faculty and students, in the inclusion of the use of instructional technology -- data, voice and video – in their daily classroom activities. This grant, coupled with a recent grant for distance learning and the creation of Innovations Place, moves us closer to that goal," Robert Sawyer, Dean of the School of Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, said.
The grant will help FMU link local educators in the K-12 system, who are experts in content and the application of technology, with post-secondary faculty and future teachers; bring into the area nationally-recognized experts in the use of classroom technology for workshops; provide opportunities for FMU faculty to renew their curriculum, integrating technology; and provide a mechanism to broaden existing technology in instruction usage.
The hope, according to the grant proposal’s abstract, is to provide a learning environment where FMU teacher education students not only use technology to help them in their learning, but learn how to better use technology in their future classrooms when they instruct students.