Assessment, technology in the classroom encourages future educators

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Assessment, technology in the classroom encourages future educators

February 6, 2012

 Barbara Cusick
Barbara Cusick

 Ryan Burkett
Ryan Burkett

Dr. Bo Hannaford, assistant professor of education and Division of Education chair, brought in two professional educators from Ponca City to address Northwestern Oklahoma State University teacher candidates who are preparing to fulfill their student teaching assignments.

Educators from Ponca City Public Schools Barbara Cusick, secondary curriculum director and testing coordinator, and Ryan Burkett, technology coach, spoke about assessments and technology in the classroom.

“It was great having educators in the field take time to come in and inform our class about assessments and technology,” Katy McNew, Ponca City senior, said. “It will benefit me as a future teacher to have the knowledge of how assessments work and how I can use them to guide my instruction. Mr. Burkett brought a whole new light to technology in the classroom and provided many useful websites.”

Cusick discussed the importance of studying data, understanding assessments and testing procedures for the State of Oklahoma, while Burkett brought his expertise of using technology within the classroom.

“It was exciting to help up-and-coming teachers discover current technology resources to use in their classrooms and encouraging that NWOSU cares enough to provide such practical, useful opportunities for their students,” Burkett said.

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