December 18, 2013 | Education
Helping Future Teachers Use Mobile Tech to Improve Math and Science Learning
Verizon contributes over $1 million to help launch new STEM learning initiative
The UTeach Institute, a notable teacher preparation organization, has teamed up with Verizon to launch an innovative program that is helping tomorrow’s educators effectively use mobile technology to improve student learning and interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The initiative, the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) Higher Education program, was created through a partnership among Verizon, UTeach and the National Math & Science Initiative. Since September, math and science education majors at select universities across the nation have been learning how to use mobile devices to supplement STEM instruction. Strengthening STEM learning is important because, while the number of jobs in STEM-related fields has been increasing, the number of students pursuing degrees in these fields has been decreasing.
In addition to the University of Texas at Austin, the VILS Higher Education program currently is available to students in UTeach secondary STEM teacher preparation programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Kansas at Lawrence and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Best practices on integrating mobile technology into STEM teaching and learning from this program will eventually be added to the UTeach curriculum, allowing the program to reach more than 6,200 students enrolled in 35 UTeach programs at universities nationwide.
In support of the program, Verizon has donated more than $1 million in cash and hardware, including more than 400 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets with LTE service. For more information check out uteach-institute.org.
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