Computer lab in Carroll to connect teachers with soon-to-be colleagues

April 29, 1996|By Lisa T. Hill | Lisa T. Hill,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Western Maryland College is about to provide a new technological link for Carroll County's public school teachers and some soon-to-be teachers.

Beginning in the fall, the college will open a computer laboratory that will not only complement college programs in library science and education, but will bring together county teachers and their student teachers before they work together in the classroom, said Dr. Kenneth Pool, dean of the library science graduate program.

Dr. Leroy Panek, an English professor and director of corporate and foundation relations at Western Maryland, said county teachers will go to the Westminster campus for a workshop over several days to learn how to use the computers.

Participants who are scheduled to begin student teaching will take an experimental course called Instructional Technology. Later, the students and cooperating teachers will work together on a lesson plan they will use in the classroom when student teaching assignments begin next spring.

"This is something no one has ever done before," said Dr. Panek. "Not only will it benefit the college and public schools, but it will serve as a model for new forms of education."

Dr. Panek said the program should make it easier for students to go into teaching after having worked with the teachers in whose classrooms they will be assigned.

"This is showing cooperation between our school and the public schools," said Christine Mathews, director of information services at Western Maryland.

Pub Date: 4/29/96

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