by Amie Sites
Three voluntary technology certification training sessions were offered to Logansport Community School Corporation teachers Monday.
The two-hour training sessions allowed participants to learn general knowledge about computers including Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail and more, according to Brandi Rozzi, technology trainer.
Jackie Danhauser, curriculum director and professional development coordinator, said the program is a concrete way to demonstrate ability to use technology skills necessary for success in the Logansport corporation.
”The training is a voluntary way for teachers to learn more about technology,” Danhauser said. “We have the expectation faculty will use the technology so we want to make sure we’re supporting them.”
The certification training is free and once school begins, teachers will be evaluated and if they pass the assessment they’ll be considered level one certified.
When preparing for the certification training, Cyle Dibble, the corporation’s technology director, said they just wanted to help faculty with technology.
”We looked at some common things we see with the help desks and deciphered what are some things they need to do,” Dibble said.
By the second session Monday there were 25 participating teachers.
”Teachers so far have been really pleased. Hopefully it’s going in the right direction,” Rozzi said.
With the increased technology available throughout the Logansport Community School Corporation, they want to make sure they are offering the training to help, Danhauser said.
”We recognize teachers are at different levels,” Danhauser said. “It’s not a matter of age, it just depends on their comfort level with technology. We want to help them become more proficient.”
Participating teachers can also earn one professional growth point (PGP) per hour of training. Level two and maybe level three training sessions will be added later for teachers wanting to learn more.
Level two and maybe level three certification training will be offered later, Rozzi said.
”Our hope is they (teachers) would be able to help other teachers in their building,” Danhauser said. “If someone is having difficulty there is a certified person they can seek out for information.”
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.