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July 2001

Release Date: July 2, 2001

ASU/Verizon Technology Institute to Open for Teachers Youth Chance to Unleash the Artist Inside

Twenty graduate students from West Texas will be joined by the manager of regional customer operations for Verizon Inc. for the opening of the summer Verizon Instructional Technology Institute at Angelo State University, Friday, July 6.

Bob Bates of Verizon will be the special guest at the opening session of the institute sponsored by a grant from Verizon. Dr. John Miazga, dean of the ASU School of Education, and Dr. Carol Diminnie, dean of the ASU Graduate School, will welcome the 20 participants from Big Lake, Big Spring, Christoval, Coleman, Colorado City, Eden, Junction, Mertzon, Ozona and San Angelo.

The institute is designed to help public school teachers and other individuals effectively incorporate technology into instruction to enhance the educational experience of their students. Participants will take courses in designing instructional resources and in technological media in instructional settings. The grant covers tuition and fees as well as books and supplies for the participants.

Credits from completing the courses can be applied toward a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in instructional technology, an instructional technology certificate or electives in other graduate degree programs.

The designing instructional resources course will cover the study and analysis of models of learning systems as they apply to developmental and training programs and resources with an emphasis on advanced instructional techniques. The course in technological media in instructional settings will look at the practical application of methods to prepare, select, develop and use instructional materials, media and visual aids in the classroom.

Of the participants, 10 are working on master's degrees in curriculum and instruction with an instructional technology option, three are seeking instructional technology certificates, five are in master's programs in education, one is seeking a master's degree in kinesiology and another is seeking a master's degree in communications.

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