Palms Part of Program to Teach Educators about Technology
A program developed to help education leaders in New York state begin to learn about technology will give about 5,000 Palm handhelds to school administrators. Called "Technology, Achievement, Leadership, Knowledge and Skills" (NYTALKS), the program will give superintendents and principals access to leadership and technology training.
"Our goal with NYTALKS is to demonstrate to school leaders the different ways in which they can use technology as a learning and leadership tool," said James Torrance, vice president of the Magellan Foundation, which is administering the program. "Providing each participant in the program with a Palm handheld is an investment in a tool that can help them enhance their leadership and organizational skills, resulting in more efficient and effective learning communities."
NYTALKS is the result of a $7.5 million State Challenge Grant for Leadership Development awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Terms of the grant require the program to use a digital tool.
The New York program is similar to one started earlier this year in Alaska, also funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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