Monday’s Message: Thinking with Technology

eMINTS will be offering the Intel Teach “Thinking With Technology” course this summer at no cost to Missouri educators interested in becoming Intel Master Trainers. “Thinking with Technology” is research-proven professional development for all K-12 classroom teachers, those who have eMINTS or eMINTS4 All classrooms and those who don’t but would like to learn more about technology and teaching. Ask yourself these questions:

* Do teachers come to you for advice on integrating technology into their curriculum?
* Are you proficient using software, e-mail, and the Internet for instruction?
* Will your district/organization support you as a leader of technology professional development?

If you answered “yes,” then you’re ready to be a Master Trainer! Any certified teacher can become a Master Trainer. You’ll receive free, comprehensive instruction, facilitation support, and curriculum review by a certified Senior Trainer from eMINTS to prepare you to recruit and deliver the course to teachers in your area. Master Trainers typically invest a few hours completing out-of-class homework in addition to the 4-day course they must complete. Master Trainers also commit to delivering the course to at least 10 teachers after they have completed their training. All materials to instruct your colleagues will be provided to you at no charge. You’ll recruit participants and deliver the 32 hours of training sometime during the 2011-12 school year or summer of 2012. Master Trainers who deliver the course to at least ten teachers by September 2012 will be eligible to receive a free Flip camera for their school.

Interested? Contact Cathie Loesing; for more information or to sign up to attend the course. The 2011 Intel training will be held in Columbia on July 20 and 21 (Days 1 and 2)and on July 27 and 28 (Days 3 and 4) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Participants must attend all four sessions to be certified as a TWT Master Trainer. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Participants (or their districts) are responsible for any travel expenses. A Flip camera will be raffled off on Day 4 of the course.