The Graduate School of Education at the University of Utah has been awarded a grant to train future teachers and education faculty to use technology in the classroom.

The $524,700 award was received from the Utah Educational Technology Initiative Committee. The state committee was formed after the 1990 Legislature passed House Bill 468 that establishes a framework to obtain equipment funding and facilitate teacher training."Training is fundamental to using computers and other technology in the classroom," says Dr. Colleen S. Blankenship, dean of the Graduate School of Education. "Our goal is to prepare teachers to successfully use technology in their teaching."

Students who will become teachers, administrators, counselors and school psychologists will be taught to master the latest technology. Initially, an emphasis will be placed on reading and mathematics. Faculty will be able to use technological advances in their particular disciplines, to write computer-assisted software for classroom use and to use software in their courses.

`This project is part of a larger effort by the Graduate School of Education to apply the latest technology to education," Blankenship said. "We want to help prepare future educators to better serve Utah's schoolchildren in the electronic information age."

The plan to infuse technology into classrooms is guided by issues identified in meetings with five Wasatch Front school districts that have joined a year-old consortium with the college to address issues of mutual concern.

Hardware and software will be purchased, a software library established and subscriptions to key computer journals will be obtained.