Vermillion teachers complete TTL academy

Vermillion teachers complete TTL academy Bill Janklow says the South Dakota K-12 teachers who are completing a full year of activities with his Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL) Academy this week are "as good as the best in the nation."

Janklow said, "They were fully grounded in the basics and now they have learned to also fully utilize technology to motivate students and enhance learning. We've had blackboards, filmstrips and videotape to help students learn in the past, but the new computer and telecommunications technologies do much more. They enable students to get the most relevant, accurate and recent information possible to enhance learning."

The following local teachers participated in an intensive, full-day, month-long TTL Academy during the summer of 1998 at Dakota State University: Ann Haggerty, Cheryl Knudson and Joyce Zimmer. Throughout the 1998-1999 school year, they expanded the use of technology in their schools and met several times with other TTL teachers to learn new skills, share ideas and expand the integration of technology into their teaching.

This summer, the TTL teachers met again for one week of intensive work at DSU that included software updates for the classroom, video-conferencing techniques for delivering education and the creation of more learning units that use technology.

Janklow said, "There teachers are having a tremendously positive impact on their students and other teachers. They are using technology to make education more exciting and more rewarding for students.

The end result will be better and better schools plus higher achievement for our students."

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