Oregon Technology in Education Network
Willamette University is one of six partners in the Oregon Technology in Education Network (OTEN) Consortium that received a $1.6 million Teacher Quality Enhancement-Partnership grant from the US Department of Education. It is designed to increase student achievement in K-12 classrooms in high need schools and to assist teachers who use technology in the classroom. OTEN is working with teacher leaders to provide high quality, technology rich clinical experiences for Willamette University pre-service teachers. Sharing the four-year grant with Willamette University are the University of Portland, Pacific University (both Forest Grove and Eugene campuses), George Fox University, and Corban College.
Each fall OTEN sponsors a conference for student teachers from the six institutions. Over 300 students attend to learn innovative ideas for technology integration. OTEN has also made possible a lending library of technology for Graduate School of Education students and faculty that includes wireless networked laptop computers, CD burners, data projectors, digital camcorders, high storage disk drives and software. OTEN also funds $6,000 worth of mini-grants for current MAT students. Mini-grant recipients present how they have integrated technology into their instruction at the spring OTEN conference. Willamette University is very fortunate to have these technology resources available to ultimately improve the education of K-12 students.
For more information, visit the OTEN web site.