The Technology Institute for Educators was founded as a summer service project in 2009 by Dr. Prince Hycy Bull, while he was the program coordinator of the Educational Technology Program. Dr. Bull continues to coordinate the Institute as a service project with the support of graduate students in the Educational Technology Program, as well as faculty and staff of the School of Education. In creating the Institute, Dr. Bull envisaged a collaborative, engaging, and stimulating professional development environment with three major goals:
To provide an avenue for K-20 educators to share best practices, discuss trends, collaborate, and present research in the area of integrating learning technologies in teaching and learning.
To provide a platform for graduate students in the Educational Technology Program to share their research, hone their presentation skills, and share knowledge gained in the program.
To provide professional development opportunities in learning technologies for educators and school systems with limited resources to address current practices, trends, and best practices in integration learning technologies.
Over the years, the Institute has addressed several key themes in learning technologies aligned with trends and best practices. The year’s theme is Teaching with Digital Materials and Learning Technologies. The Institute has attracted educators from all levels and disciplines of education, particularly from the southeastern region of the United States. Keynote speakers have included Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, and Provost Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU; Superintendent James Merrill, Wake County Public Schools System; Mr. Roger Wagner, Hyperstudio 5 software developer; Dr. Barry Adams, education consultant for Apple Inc.; North Carolina State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson; Superintendent Mark Edwards, Mooresville School District; Mr. Bruce Friend, president and co-founder of Ignite Learning Partners; Mr. Tony Tata, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation; Dr. Eric Becoats, former superintendent of Durham Public Schools; Dr. Robin Angotti, associate professor of Mathematics at Washington University, Bothell and Dr. William Logan, Principal of Hillside High School, Durham.
Since its inception, the Institute has generated its funding from registration, sponsors and vendors. Donations and sponsorships are welcome to expand the goals of the Institute to include scholarships to deserving NCCU graduates, undergraduate teacher education candidates, and to teachers and instructional assistants from across North Carolina to participate in the Institute. To make a contribution or to sponsor the 2016 Institute, contact Dr. Bull or write a check to the NCCU Foundation and on the memo line write SOE Technology 2016.
Prince Hycy Bull, Ph.D., Program Chair. Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, NCCU School of Education