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Expanding Our IDEAS
by John Fischer, IDEAS Project Director

Since its inception in August 2001, the IDEAS portal website has served over 70,000 educators with resources. With continued supported from the UW System, TEACH Wisconsin, and the UW-Extension, IDEAS has collaborated with new partners to offer even greater services to Wisconsin educators. (Nov. 2002)

Telling the Story: How UW Schools of Education Prepare Students to Use Technology
by Hal Schlais, University of Wisconsin System Administration

Recent criticism of the nation's education schools has claimed that students graduating from teacher training programs are inadequately prepared to use technology in their classrooms. Hal Schlais offers another side of the story. He outlines steps UW System Schools of Education have taken to help pre-service and in-service teachers become "effective and contemporary educators, as well as savvy users of technology." (October 2001)

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology: The UW-River Falls Model Program
by So-young Zeon, Mary Lundeberg, Lori Beiging, and Karen Ryan, UW-River Falls

The UW-River Falls PT3 Program has become a statewide model for teacher training institutions. The authors describe how their program uses students to help faculty incorporate technology into their curricula, partners with public schools to create teacher leaders in surrounding communities, and more. (October 2001)

Drop of Life: Integrated Technology Education through Studies of Wisconsin Waters
by Mary Gruhl and Janie Besharse, UW-Milwaukee Center for Science Education

Gruhl and Besharse describe this exciting Center for Science Education project, which trains in-service teachers to use state-of-the-art science technology. The program provides students, teachers, parents, and community members the opportunity to contribute to scientific research, learn of their community cultures, study river history and ecology, and participate in a river expedition or clean-up. (October 2001)

University of Wisconsin School Library Education Consortium
by Eileen E. Schroeder (UW-Whitewater), E. Anne Zarinnia (UW-Whitewater), Gyneth Slygh (UW-Eau Claire), Dianne McAfee Hopkins (UW-Madison), Louise Robbins (UW-Madison), Ella Cross (UW-Superior), and Penny Garcia (UW-Oshkosh)

The UW School Library Education Consortium reports on its complex journey towards providing a distance education program to license school library media specialists. In the process, they have not only begun to meet a statewide need for these specialists, but they have also strengthened bonds across System institutions. (October 2001)

The IDEAS Website: A New Portal for Wisconsin's PK-12 Teachers
by John Fischer, IDEAS Project Director, UW-Extension

Technology-enhanced learning has become a hot issue in Wisconsin, not just in the higher education environment but in PK-12 education as well. The soon-to-be-launched IDEAS website is a portal that will provide Wisconsin educators access to high-quality, highly usable, teacher-reviewed content. In this article, the project's director provides an update on its current direction. (May 2001)

Support for Distance Learning Programs: Is Technology Really Enough?
by Karen Al-Ashkar, M.A., Counselor,
Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Program, UW-Madison

Learn more about the student-support aspect of the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice program at UW-Madison. (Also see TTT's profile of this program.) TTT directs readers to the American Society of Engineering Education's site to read Al-Ashkar's paper. Related to her dissertation research, Al-Ashkar's paper won an award at the ASEE's 2000 annual conference. (After following the link above, scroll down to "Best PIC-V Paper.") (Jan. 2001)

From a Country School to Cyberspace: An Educator's Journey and Reflections on Pedagogy
by William Washabaugh, Professor of Anthropology,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professor Bill Washabaugh's teaching career spans more than thirty years. Read about his enlightening journey from a country school to technology-enhanced higher education. As Washabaugh writes, his career has taught him that teaching requires more than just common sense and commitment; it requires a serious consideration of one's own pedagogical strategies. Washabaugh includes discussion of his current projects on music and nationalism and museum studies. (Dec. 2000)

Providing Role Models for Emergency-Licensed Teachers through Streaming Video: A Faculty Profile of Lisa Dieker
by Jennifer Smith, TTT Editor

In school districts across the country, teacher shortages are being managed by the use of emergency-licensed teachers, especially in the field of special education. While many of these teachers are concurrently fulfilling the requirements for their regular teaching licenses, they find themselves thrust into a demanding situation in which they must do much of their learning on the job. The problem is, how can these teachers be provided models of quality teaching when they do not have time during the school day to observe veteran teachers? Associate Professor Lisa Dieker has come up with one solution to this problem: streaming video on the web. (Nov. 2000)

Scott Frazier, Health Education Science & Athletics (HESA), Helps Tomorrow's Teachers
Health Exercise Science & Athletics, UW-Stevens Point

Frazier is currently developing a Distance Learning Seminar to enhance communication while student teachers work on site (at schools away from campus).  Using Microsoft Net Meeting software, students, their peers and professors will be able to see and talk to each other on a system that would work much like a videophone.

Using Technology to Build a Gateway to Diversity
Rea Kirk, Assistant Professor
Tom LoGuidice, Professor
John Nkemnji, Professor
Department of Education, UW-Platteville

ABSTRACT: Several Professors at UW-Platteville conducted a research study to help determine if an electronic environment would be conducive for students to openly discuss issues of race, culture, class, and gender within their immediate campus and surrounding community.  In addition to discussing field/classroom experiences and reading, the UW-Platteville students communicated weekly and set up email partnerships with inner-city students in Milwaukee.

Professor Leslie Owen Wilson
Department of Education, UW-Stevens Point

ABSTRACT (no feature article)
Professor Leslie Owen Wilson received a technology grant last summer to develop a series of web pages to help increase the uses of technology specifically in relation to teaching and learning.  Advanced concepts from three of her graduate classes (now on the web) have been subsequently offered to undergraduate students enrolled in her educational psychology courses. In addition, numerous links within Prof. Wilson's site serve as useful reference for practicing educators, parents, and other interested web browsers.  For more information about her projects to date, the URL for her site is:

The Teaching with Technology Today project consists of a web-based NEWSLETTER and WISLRNTEC, a companion listserv where members discuss technology, pedagogy, and student learning. TTT was instigated by the UW Learning Technology Development Council; it receives significant support from UW-Extension's Division of Continuing Education.