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U-M, U-M-Flint join in international technology

New and ever changing technologies are influencing the way teachers teach and think in the classroom.

However, many school districts do not have the tools and skills that 21st Century learning demands. To help create the learning environment of the future, the University, through the School of Education and Human Services on the Flint campus, is offering the Technology in Education Global Program with courses in Geneva, Switzerland and online.
New technology allows students at U-M-Flint to interact on a global level. (Photo by Mel Serow, U-M-Flint)

The program began in May, but recently was officially unveiled at a unique news conference that combined video and audio feeds from Geneva and Flint. The conference took place in the Interactive TV Room in U-M-Flint's William S. White Building. Besides faculty and staff, students in Geneva were able to respond to questions from reporters.

"I had the good fortune of spending several days with these students in Geneva," says Acting Chancellor Jack Kay. "I observed them fully engaged in the process of learning about technology so that they can emerge as leaders in using technology to promote educational success. I am very proud of these pioneering and inspiring students."

The new 15-month program leads to a master's degree emphasizing meaningful use of technology for teaching topics of global importance. It includes two three-week summer residencies in Geneva besides the online work. Students from as far as the Cayman Islands have already enrolled.

"This program is poised to reinvent education for the needs and opportunities of the 21st century," Kay says.

The program is appropriate for anyone interested in the potential of educational technology at a global level, and it is ideal for educators preparing to take leading roles in schools, colleges, non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, businesses and other organizations poised to use technology for educational purposes. About a third of the current students are educators who work with community organizations.

Program partners in Geneva allow participants access to international work at the highest level. Through the World Federation of United Nations Associations and the Federation of International Institutions in Geneva, participants will work with a partner from a nongovernmental organization or other organization on a topic of mutual interest.

For more information on Global Program costs, scholarships and the application process, go to globalprogram.umflint.edu.

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