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Hatch and Palo Verde College Give Teachers a Technology Jump Start with Online Professional Development

As schools begin to narrow the technology gap for students, many are now challenged to demonstrate the impact of their investment. Installation and integration are not equivalent, and teachers need adequate training to enhance their comfort level with technology before they can successfully align it with student learning goals and integrate it into the curriculum. To facilitate best practices in early childhood classrooms with educational technology, Palo Verde College has teamed up with Hatch®, the leading early childhood education technology provider, to offer an online education course for college credit and continuing education hours to teachers using technology in the classroom.

Announced at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute (NAEYC-PDI) Conference in Minneapolis today, the course, Digital Learning in the Classroom, combines Hatch’s award-winning technology and online professional development courses with Palo Verde College’s renowned academic rigor and distance learning program. The result is an online professional development program designed to amplify and encourage integration of technology into models for engaged learning.

“Giving teachers access to devices and software is only part of incorporating technology successfully into schools. Integrating technology into classrooms depends on the teachers’ readiness to use it. If teachers do not feel comfortable with the technology, they are less inclined to incorporate it into their plans,” said Sheri Jones, Interim Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Palo Verde College.

“Teachers must become knowledgeable about technology and fearless in their use of it to be empowered by the many opportunities it offers,” notes Dana Love, PhD, Hatch’s Vice President. “The transformation of classroom technology from hardware, software, and connections into tools for teaching and learning depends on knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who are motivated and prepared to put technology to work on behalf of their students.”

Taught by Professor of Child Development Bruce H. Wallace, EdD, Digital Learning in the Classroom is available nationwide via the Palo Verde College online education program. In-state tuition is available to California residents, and tuition assistance may be available.

About Hatch®, the Early Learning Experts:

Since 1984, Hatch® has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 children with technology and classroom materials that prepare them with essential skills to succeed in school and beyond. From interactive hardware to adaptive software and classroom supplies, Hatch is the leading early learning solutions provider nationwide. Child-appropriate hardware; research-based content tied to standards; and individualized progress monitoring tools combine to create complete classroom solutions that improve fundamental math, literacy, and social-emotional skills. For more information, visit www.HatchEarlyLearning.com.

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