Technology and Dropout Prevention – Tools, Tactics, and Things You Should Know

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Aired on: August 26th, 2008

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Chris Peters

Chris Peters, a former fourth-grade teacher, is an associate professor of education and the director of the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Instructional Technology Training. He leads the instructional computing efforts at Clemson University's School of Education and is passionate about training educators on the use of technology to support student learning. Chris got involved in delivering technology training to teachers in 1983, as the director of Clemson's mobile computer training facility. Now he helps educators in the field to integrate digital imaging, video editing, and other available technologies into regular classroom instruction. He is especially focused on showing school districts how digital imaging, coupled with online publishing, can energize and enhance writing instruction in elementary curriculum. Along with his staff, Chris has developed technology-training videos for educators that have been published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He has worked extensively with the National Council for Opportunity in Education, Apple, Inc., ISTE, and Adobe Systems, and is a frequent speaker at state, regional, and national conferences.

This Week's Topic

Dr. Chris Peters will discuss positive ways that technology can be made part of any school’s dropout prevention strategy. Topics to be covered in this live discussion range from “big picture” issues such as developing realistic expectations of what technology can and can’t do, to spotlighting specific technologies that are both powerful and inexpensive. While aimed particularly at those working with students in the school setting, this program will hold valuable insights and recommendations for parents, community members and at-risk students themselves.

Resources:

Adobe Digital Kids Club.

Apple iTunes U(2008).

CARET: Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology(2005).

Discovery Education(2010).

Free Software resources(2008).

Using Technology to Enhance Engaged Learning for At-Risk Students(1997).