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05/31/2005 - TINCAN Teaches Teachers

When the school year is over for the students, TINCAN (The Inland Northwest Community Access Network) will begin training rural high school teachers in environmental science and three progressively more complex technologies: geographic information systems (GIS), modeling and simulation, and computer game development. The training is made possible by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant for the Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program. This is a three year grant to teach secondary school teachers to integrate information technology into the science curriculum. The grant will initially serve rural schools in Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille and North Spokane County. The workshops will be held in the SIRTI Board Room on the Riverpoint Campus. TINCAN’s headquarters are in the Courtyard Office Center at 827 W 1st Ave.

“We chose environmental science,” said Karen Michaelson, TINCAN Executive Director, “because it encompasses multiple scientific disciplines taught at the secondary level, and because students tend to be interested in environmental subjects.” Michaelson gave the example of wildfire as an exciting topic a teacher might explore. TINCAN has hired a part-time science education co-ordinator to facilitate the grant and the workshops.

During the first two-week workshop starting June 20, teachers will learn to use GIS. Following that, the teachers will conduct a summer workshop in their own school using teaching tools and support from TINCAN. In the fall, participating schools will have an after-school club so that both teachers and students can get comfortable with the technology. The NSF grant funds the entire effort.

The second year, using the GIS skills they have developed, the teachers will move on -- learning to use modeling and simulation software. Using the wildfire concept, the teachers might use the software to simulate a wildfire; map the fuel load, chart the prevailing winds, and even estimate the economic impact. Again, the teachers will take this back to their schools as both a teaching tool and an extra-curricular activity.

The third year, based on the foundation of the first two summer workshops, the teachers will learn how to develop educational games. This portion of the program is under development. “Probably,” says Michaelson, “the games won’t have high-end graphics, but they can certainly have effective stories and action.” Ultimately, teachers will integrate their training into the regular classroom and not have it just as an after school activity.

The teachers will move through the program as a cohort, but those who miss this summer will have an opportunity to begin next summer.

To learn more about TINCAN and its programs, visit:

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