Excellence: Always Learning About Learning

Tulsa, OK - Forget pencil and paper: computers and handheld devices are the learning tools of the future—and future teachers need to be ready. ORU’s College of Education is on the forefront of preparing them, and the U.S. Department of Education recently recognized ORU for its public commitment to further the innovative use of technology in the training of future teachers.

Dr Boyd at White HouseDean of the College of Education, Dr. Kim Boyd, recently led a delegation from the college to the White House to talk about technology in the classroom. When they came back, they adopted an aggressive action plan to get ORU student teachers prepared for the classroom of the future.

“By making the commitment to implement this aggressive plan," Dr. Boyd says, "we will be sure that our graduates are prepared on day one to support learning and teaching through creation, collaboration and problem solving.”

She says they are taking inventory of the types of software local school districts are using, while also talking to faculty about how they are using technology in their courses and determining what’s needed to prepare education majors to use technology going forward.

It’s pretty simple to understand why it’s important; the U.S. Department of Education says technology allows schools to offer more courses, lets kids learn 24/7, gets them more excited about learning, and helps them learn faster. Dr. Boyd sees this as a net win for both students and for the teachers that receive their training at ORU.

“Our desire is to fulfill the vision of being transformed educators who have a positive impact on students learning.”