“Many colleges around the world applied to be part of this program,” said Ingrad Smith, associate dean of the College of Education. “This is going to help our graduates to be better prepared for the real life classroom.”
The SimSchool Modules Project is funded by Next Generation Learning Challenges, a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology. As a Level 3 simSchool partner, which is the highest level offered in the program, the College of Education and Human Development receives 600 licenses, along with 15 months of free online access to simSchool activities and unlimited copies of research and learning materials on the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education web site, as well as the opportunity to author and edit peer-reviewed research journal special editions.
Furthermore, the partnership allows College of Education professors to undertake collaborative research to contribute to national publications. This research will provide the venue for the development of quarterly reports and summary documents of partnership activities.
“The intended result of this program for us is that our students be better qualified to go out into the field,” Smith said.