The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and the Verizon Foundation today announced a new mobile learning program. The Verizon Foundation and ISTE will collaborate to develop and implement the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA),a virtual professional learning program designed to help educators prepare for integrating mobile technology into learning and teaching.
In addition, ISTE and the Verizon Foundation are working with The Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education (CTE) to develop the curriculum for the VMLA program. The initiative will provide selected educator teams across the country with a series of free, moderated virtual professional development modules aligned to the ISTE Standards that will earn participants Continuing Education Units from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Developed for administrators, classroom teachers and technology coaches, the facilitated, five-module program will be delivered online and offered four times during the 2014-2015 school year. This free professional learning program is aligned with the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. It will focus on:
- Evaluating and planning for mobile learning landscape
- Developing digital fluency
- Embedding classroom technology
- Implementing effective mobile practices
- Modeling safe online practices for students aligned with the ISTE Standards
ISTE is inviting school teams from across the continental United States to apply to participate in the first phase of the program. School teams are made up of one school administrator, one tech coach or equivalent and five to eight teachers. The VMLA will be offered online four times between September 2014 and December 2015. Interested teams can pre-register online at http://www.iste.org/VMLA.