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At a recent teacher preparation summit, the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD recognized BYU and the McKay School for their innovation in educational technology

The McKay School of Education’s IP&T Department was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD at a teacher preparation innovation summit for its leadership in the innovative use of technology to support the learning of preservice teachers.

The summit brought together researchers, educators from colleges and districts, and accreditors, as well as support organizations, to advance the use of educational technology in teacher preparation programs.

“America’s preservice teachers must be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom,” said Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology and BYU McKay School alumnus. “We are excited by the innovations we’re seeing at the McKay School of Education to ensure their preservice teachers have opportunities to actively use technology to support learning and teaching through creation, collaboration, and problem solving.”

Charles Graham, chair of the McKay School’s Instructional Psychology and Technology Department and a national expert in technology integration and blended learning, spoke at the summit on the department’s application of a framework for conceptualizing effective technology integration. Richard West of the IP&T Department was invited as a national leader in the area of open badges, which is a way of certifying that someone has learned a skill or tool.

Writer: Kirsten Clancy

Contact: Cynthia Glad (801) 422-1922