MERIT Program 2015

For more than a decade, the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (KCI) has hosted one of the premier educational technology-focused professional development programs in the United States. MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) is a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with student-centered, technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.
Dates 06 Jul 2015 12:00 am (UTC ) 17 Jul 2015 12:00 am (UTC )
Place (View On Map) The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College

The MERIT Program 2015 seeks to show through qualitative and quantitative measures that engaging technology in the hands of a well-trained teacher can improve student learning.

Participants have the opportunity to learn to use and contribute to a variety of resources for collaboration, and are required to design projects not simply to provide dynamic learning experiences for their students, but also create open educational resources that will be of value to other teachers and students near and far. In helping to make learning and teaching more dynamic, MERIT is working to bring education out of the past and into the future that unfolds before us constantly.

Who should apply MERIT Program 2015?

Participants in MERIT range in age, years of teaching and experience with technology, but all accepted applicants have the potential to help their colleagues develop their understanding of and techniques with a variety of powerful technologies. The MERIT program 2015 is open to California teachers and educators (librarians, administrators) of a variety of disciplines, grade levels, and school types. International applicants are encouraged to apply, too! The program includes a special focus on math and science, where there is a significant need to help students develop confidence in and excitement for their future possibilities with these subjects.

MERIT Program Goals

The MERIT Program 2015 will:

  • Model a 21st Century classroom environment that demonstrates a) critical thinking and problem solving, b) communication, c) collaboration, and d) creativity and innovation that teacher-participants can replicate in their classrooms.
  • Integrate innovative technology tools and practices into the program learning environment that enhances teacher-participant engagement and learning.
  • Guide development of MERIT Teachers’ technology-enriched, student‐centered learning projects designed to improve students’ learning outcomes.
  • Present and model assessment strategies for educational technology projects, teaching practices, and learning outcomes.
  • Develop MERIT Teachers’ leadership in peer coaching, mentoring, and training skills in school and district venues as well as conference presentations at the local, state, and national levels.

MERIT Teacher Learning Outcomes

MERIT Teachers will be able to:

  • Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
  • Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments
  • Model innovative, digital-age work and learning in a global and digital society
  • Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
  • Engage in professional growth and leadership with confidence

MERIT Program 2015 will , take place at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College on July 6-17, 2015

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