BRISBANE, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- When Plymouth State College in New Hampshire received part of a three-year, $2 million grant to prepare teachers for using technology, they looked to Classroom Connect to provide products and services to help them in their mission. Classroom Connect, Inc. (www.classroom.com), is the leading provider of Web-based curriculum content and professional development programs for K-12 education. By partnering with Classroom Connect, Plymouth State College is allowing first-time educators to enroll in graduate online courses and use in-class online curriculum to prepare for using technology as an integral part of their instruction. Educators who become part of the project are connected to virtual classmates and a faculty person from the college who monitors their course work via Connected University(TM), Classroom Connect's online professional development community. Educators can use Classroom Connect curriculum programs, such as Classroom Today and The Quest Channel, to write an action research paper, which will be shared with other educators. According to Dennise Bartelo, Director of Graduate Studies in Education for Plymouth State College, "Teachers are using this program to conduct research on the impact of technology on teaching and learning. We know that the movement for using technology in the classroom is growing, especially with those educators just coming into the classroom. This research should provide us with good practices for integrating technology as a tool for learning." Plymouth State/Classroom Connect Partnership Educators can take graduate semester hours as part of a masters program, or they can take the courses as continuing education credits. Courses are designed to run on average six weeks and require 40 hours of "seat" work. Cost for three units of graduate semester hours is $320. Approximately 25 to 35 educators were enrolled in the online courses this past summer. "We had one educator who was working on a novel unit and was able to integrate relevant Web sites into the unit, as well as connect students with the author of the novel," said Bartelo. "It was very exciting to see educators embracing technology and determining the proper practices to ignite learning." About Plymouth State College Plymouth State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire and is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), and the New Hampshire Department of Education. About Connected University Connected University is Classroom Connect's online learning community for professional educators. The service provides a wide variety of instructor-led, project-centered courses and other resources designed to help teachers improve their classroom application of technology skills and administrators understand the latest technologies. Each course includes seminar content, links to sites pre-researched for educational value, video elements, interactive discussion boards, and enrichment resources. For more information, visit the Connected University Web site at http://www.classroom.com. About Classroom Connect Classroom Connect, Inc. is a privately held Internet company that develops and markets original, Web-based curriculum products and teacher professional development programs for the K-12 education community. Its partners include some of the nation's most respected organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress and NASA. Since the company was founded in 1994, Classroom Connect has grown to more than 150 employees in five offices nationwide, with headquarters in Brisbane, CA. For more information, visit Classroom Connect's Web site at www.classroom.com or call 800-638-1639.
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