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USD Launches Mobile Technology Teacher Certificate

Aired 8/6/12 on KPBS News.

With more and more school districts investing in mobile devices for students, the University of San Diego will start offering classes to help teachers use the technology effectively.

— This fall the University of San Diego will begin offering a series of courses to help teachers use mobile devices in their classrooms. The courses grew out of the university’s new research center focused on mobile technology and learning.

Some school districts across San Diego County are striving to put mobile devices like iPads and netbooks into the hands of all students. The Mobile Technology Learning Skills certificate program starting at the University of San Diego in September is focused on making the best use of the rapidly spreading technology.

The program starts with a digital literacy class focused on getting teachers to master using the devices, according to Jason Lemon, who heads professional and continuing education at USD. The other courses address areas like social media and student-centered lessons built around mobile technology.

“Just to have the tool itself is usually not enough" Lemon said. "There needs to be a pedagogical reason, there needs to be some kind of connection to the learning outcomes that are desired for the students.”

Each course costs $495. USD is offering the classes online and as intensive in-person trainings for school districts.

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