Dordt College News

Dordt awarded classroom technology grant

August 16, 2007

Technology Grant

The Dordt College Education Department has been awarded a $6,000 grant for the purchase of video conferencing equipment to enhance the training of students who intend to become teachers.

The Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Program was established in part to improve the teaching of culturally and linguistically diverse students by the Iowa Department of Education. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant awarded to Dordt College covers the cost of a video conferencing unit, including a control camera, projector, microphone, point-to-point conferencing (multipoint capability), and simple IP address dial-in with an internet browser.

“This equipment gives us a window into the classroom,” said Tim Van Soelen, an education professor at Dordt. Student teachers and faculty will be able to observe, communicate, collaborate, and interact with all participating K-12 classrooms, teachers, and English Language Learners (ELL) throughout the state of Iowa. Participating schools statewide have been provided with video conferencing equipment that allows for collaborative work with the pre-service teachers enrolled in the colleges selected for the Teacher Quality Enhancement Program.

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