Today's Lesson: Program Incorporates Mobile Technology For Teachers

School’s back in session for most, and for students at Pittsburgh’s Perry Traditional Academy high school, they will have an exciting, new way to learn the skills necessary for classroom success and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Through the Verizon Foundation’s Innovative Learning Schools program, nearly a dozen teachers at the school recently attended an in-depth, three-day professional development program on how to incorporate mobile technology into classroom learning to support STEM subjects and to connect with students in new and appealing ways.

Earlier this year, the school received 360 iPads for student use, and each faculty member received an iPad as well, so the program offered some key strategies and tactics to maximize the potential of the iPads for classroom instruction.

Perry Traditional Academy, one of only 12 schools across the country selected this year for the Innovative Learning Schools program, received a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for two years of professional development that includes on-site and virtual training. 

An instructional consultant from the International Society for Technology in Education facilitated the program, showing the teachers how to use technology to personalize learning, engage students and help them navigate through the digital world.

The teachers at Perry also will be able to collaborate with one another and with the ISTE consultants and to participate in an online community where educators across the country share best practices on mobile learning.