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Symposium addresses use of technology to close the educational achievement gap

New and experienced teachers will meet at the Hayes Mansion Conference Center in San Jose April 26-27 to talk about how technology can best be used to close the achievement gap in education.

Sponsored by a grant from Stanford University's Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers for Technology and the nonprofit group Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, the symposium is geared to pre-service teachers, those who are still training to work in classrooms. Established teacher education practices and new programs being developed will be demonstrated. Participants also will exchange ideas on themes such as "facilitating a community of learners" and "exploring how simulations and model-building support instruction."

At 6 p.m. April 26, Stanford Associate Professor Arnetha Ball will facilitate a panel discussion on "Using Technology to Close the Achievement Gap." A dinner at 7:30 p.m. concludes the first day's session.

At 8:30 a.m. on April 27, Louis Gomez, associate professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University and co-director of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools, will discuss "The Critical Nature of Cross-Institutional Collaboration."

At 9:30 a.m., panelists will demonstrate how their work closes the achievement gap. Concurrent sessions include:

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and from 1:15 to about 2 p.m., participants will discuss how to integrate technology into current teacher education courses. The symposium will conclude at 2:15 p.m. with a dialogue on establishing future priorities and plans.


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