WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 22, 2018) – Twenty-one area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a three-day workshop sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. The workshop was designed to help them integrate technology effectively and successfully into instruction. The beginners training was conducted by Texas Instruments (TI) Specialists Sandra Hocutt and Cassie Whitecotton. At the conclusion of the training, each teacher was presented with a TI Navigator system including 30 handhelds.
“We are excited to begin Phase I of the implementation of the STEM-related program into our 2017 grant partner schools,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. “Students will benefit from collaborative learning facilitated by TI technology. The technology includes the TI Navigator, a system and software which allows for immediate teacher feedback through the use of graphing calculators pre-loaded with specialized math and science applications. We have evidence of how this technology can enhance student interest and learning.”
In addition to the technology, TI will provide extensive professional development for math and science teachers in interactive, instructional technology infused math and science instruction. TI coaches will also visit partner schools to provide “just-in-time” guidance for teachers delivering math and science instruction.
“It’s a win–win,” said Spiegel. “The onsite and online professional development and coaching help educators learn how to use TI technologies as a core component of instruction. And, it makes learning fun for students. We look forward to providing the technology to more of our teachers soon.”
The technology, training and coaching is provided by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 2017 GEAR UP grant. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education.
Eastern will receive over $17 million during a seven–year period to help students and educators in 39 partner schools.
Those present at the TI training hosted by Eastern’s GEAR UP program included (front row, left to right) Kathy Fout, Bokoshe; Sarah Burnett, Atoka; Haley Copeland, Wister; Tatyana Sturdy, Porum; Regena Reynolds, Quinton; (middle row) Kathy Ramsey, GEAR UP Professional Development Administrative Assistant; Anna Pate, Buffalo Valley; Lynn Scrutchfield, Canadian; Sherri Cometti, Coalgate; Christie Swansick, Coalgate; Susan Manlove, Poteau; Mary Bullard, Quinton; Angela Ervin, Rattan; Sandra Hocutt, TI Specialist; Cassie Whitecotton, TI Specialist; John Spiegel, GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator; (back row) Carlton Higgins, Savanna; Kathy Nye, Howe; Leslie Manion, Atoka; Pennie Gilbert, Moyers; John Glasco, Hartshorne; Jerry Mathews, Buffalo Valley; Brianna Harris, Krebs; Derrick Bush, Porum; and Paula Galbraith, Eufaula.