Dr. Christina O’Connor (School of Education, Teacher’s Academy) received $1,208,717 in continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).”
Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will develop an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum.
In order to better prepare current and future teachers to thoughtfully integrate existing and emerging technology for P-12 student learning, the project will:
- Move beyond enhancement (substitution and augmenting) to promote transformational use of instructional technology in teaching and learning
- Transform approaches to P-12 learning such that instructional technology is an integral part of learning
- Alter the way we engage and motivate students in learning
- Create space where teacher candidates can be engaged in instructional technology-enriched teacher education programming
- Cultivate meaningful collaboration between university and schools to promote new mindsets to integrate instructional technology for learning
It is expected that this project will result in increased engagement of public school students in innovation, creativity, problem-solving and entrepreneurship through the development of collaborative project-based learning environments utilizing emerging technology and 21st Century skills.
O’Connor completed a master of education in literacy education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of school administration and PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education at UNCG.