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Touro College Graduate School of Technology's Instructional Technology Students Helps New York's Public Schools Through an Online Micro-Lending Project December 27, 2013

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Touro College Graduate School of Technology's Instructional Technology Students Helps New York's Public Schools Through an Online Micro-Lending Project, Manhattan, New York

A well-rounded education, even at the Master’s level, includes more than just memorization and skill acquisition for career growth. Touro College Graduate School of Technology’s Master of Science in Instructional Technology is a program that offers exceptional training for educators and industry professionals on the most effective methods and practices of instructional technology in schools, colleges, universities, or business settings. Students of the master’s program complete various projects to further their understanding of advocacy and grant making in the context of structural technology.

Students of Touro College GST’s “Foundations of Instructional Technology” course were recently asked to design, strategize, and implement a project for a New York public school teacher via DonorsChoose.org—a popular micro-lending platform similar to Kiva or GoFundMe.com. In this project, students learned to use technology in order to give their projects a boost, working alongside a teacher to fund an educational project they had dreamed of.

One of the Touro student’s projects for Mrs. Williams’ 7th grade Social Studies class at Lawrence Road Middle School in Hempstead, NY was entitled “We Dream of Dream Catchers!”. As a middle school in a high poverty area, Mrs. Williams and her students needed fundraising help to purchase 130 crafting rings, 10 packs of hemp string, crafting beads, duck feathers, one history book and one picture book about Native American dream catchers.

Through this creative endeavor, students will learn about Native Americans, their tribes, cultures, and how they adapted to the diverse environments in North America. Usually Mrs. Williams' students do not have the opportunity to do arts and crafts projects due to a lack of resources, but with the help of the technological savviness of Touro College GST’s Instructional Technology students, they will now have the opportunity to engage with their learning materials and further their standard lessons.

The DonorChoose.org project is just one way Touro College Graduate School of Technology’s students both acquire a comprehensive education in technology and help contribute to their community in a substantial way. Students who graduate with a MS in Instructional Technology (and who already hold a New York State certification in education) will be eligible for NYS teacher certification in instructional technology.

The next information session for the Master of Science in Instructional Technology at Touro College GST is on Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. Go online to R.S.V.P. today!

Touro College Graduate School of Technology

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