Eastern GEAR UP and Texas Instruments partner to provide technology and training for area math and science teachers at KTC in Poteau

Twenty-six area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a three-day workshop at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. The workshop was designed to help them integrate technology effectively and successfully into instruction. The beginners training was conducted by Texas Instruments (TI) Specialists Doug Roberts and Mike Smith. At the conclusion of the training, each teacher was presented with a TI Navigator system including 30 handhelds.

“We had a great training,” said GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel. Eastern’s GEAR UP is thrilled to continue Phase I of the implementation of the STEM-related program into our 2017 grant partner schools. Students will benefit from collaborative learning facilitated by TI technology. The technology includes the TI Navigator, a system and software which allows for immediate teacher feedback through the use of graphing calculators pre-loaded with specialized math and science applications. We have evidence of how this technology can enhance student interest and learning.”

In addition to the technology, TI will provide extensive professional development for math and science teachers in interactive, instructional technology infused math and science instruction. TI coaches will also visit partner schools to provide “just-in-time” guidance for teachers delivering math and science instruction.

“The TI technology makes learning fun for students,” said Spiegel. “The onsite and online professional development and coaching help educators learn how to use TI technologies as a core component of instruction.

The technology, training and coaching is provided by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 2017 GEAR UP grant. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern will receive over $17 million during a seven–year period to help students and educators in 39 partner schools. Attending the workshop were:

(front row left to right) Cameron Box, Eufaula; Kim Franklin, Porum; Bri Lind, Poteau; Jessica Nelson, Poteau; Aaron Spears, Porum; Ron Pitman, Porum; Shannon Stubbs, Howe; (row 2) GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator John Spiegel; Michelle Earls, Cameron; Angela Rosa, Bokoshe; Delicia White, Eufaula; Jennifer Morris, Cameron; Becky Baker, Shady Point; Debbie Barnes, Panama; Sherri Walker, Panama; Judy Weisenfiels, Poteau; Cindy Darneal, Poteau; GEAR UP Administrative Assistant to the Professional Development Coordinator Kathy Ramsey; TI Specialist Doug Roberts; (back row) Darrion Luce, Cameron; Zain Garrett, Bokoshe; Shelby Watts, Porum; Lisa Storer, Shady Point; Dennis Wright, Poteau; Casey Hemphill, Poteau; Erich Sweet, Poteau; Penny Williams, Fanshawe; Jim Britton, Poteau; TI Specialist Mike Smith.

Not Pictured: Rachel Brown, Howe.

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