Oracle Education Foundation Launches First Project Learning Institute in Florida
Over 80 Teachers Learned How to Integrate 21st Century Skills Development into the Classroom
Redwood Shores, CA – July 6, 2009
The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) welcomed 80 teachers to its first Project Learning Institute in Florida. This training event, the largest of its kind in the United States to date, took place in Viera, Florida from June 23-26, 2009.
The Project Learning Institute is a professional development program that trains teachers how to integrate technology, project learning, and 21st century skills development into their classroom curricula.
The course uses OEF's online learning platform, ThinkQuest, to showcase exceptional project-learning examples and help teachers produce projects as a part of their training experience.
Participating teachers completed six weeks of online training prior to attending the live training event in Viera.
This event was delivered in partnership with the Florida Digital Educator (FDE) program at the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. The Project Learning Institute supports FDE’s goal to integrate project learning and high-quality technology into K-12 classrooms across the state.
To date, over 600 teachers have attended Project Learning Institutes in Brazil, Egypt, India, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States.
ThinkQuest currently supports over 405,000 students and teachers in 43 countries.
"The Project Learning Institute helps teachers around the world bring the power of technology and project learning into their classrooms," said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “By participating in this intensive training, teachers learn how to prepare their students for success in the 21st century.”
“Technology is transforming how students learn. ThinkQuest provides the training and tools for teachers to help their students develop 21st century skills,” said G. Gordon Worley, Learning & Development Facilitator, Florida Center for Instructional Technology.
The Florida Digital Educators is a program funded through the Enhancing Education Through Technology, Title II-D grant program at the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida. The FDE program was developed based on research in professional development and technology integration. It supports the integration of technology across the K-12 curricula through collaborative experiences with new technologies and digital tools. For more information, visit http://floridadigitaleducators.com
About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.
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