Instructional Technology Training Center LaunchedLOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif.
A regional instructional technology training center for teachers was dedicated earlier this month on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. With the goal of bridging the digital divide, officials at Foothill College opened the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Made possible by state and private funding, the renovated facility provides 18,000 square feet of interactive labs, classrooms, a digital art gallery, and a cyber café, all under a translucent dome.
The KCI serves as a northern California-based professional development resource for K-14 teachers. The new center also serves as an effective model for implementing California’s standards-based curriculum in public and private schools.
“The Krause Center’s mission is to close the digital divide and create educational opportunities for students and their teachers,” says Foothill College president Dr. Bernadine Chuck Fong. “Through the KCI and its programs, Foothill College is uniquely positioned to ‘teach the teachers.’ “
The KCI has developed a number of partnerships to benefit Bay-area educators. The San Jose State University (SJSU) Instructional Technology Master’s Degree Program is currently offered at the KCI. Other partnerships include the Santa Clara and San Mateo County Offices of Education, Industrial Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), Resource Area for Teachers, and Adobe Systems Teach-the-Teacher Program.
The KCI provides internships for graduate students from SJSU and Stanford, and internships for technical students from Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW) in East Palo Alto.
The KCI also offers Foothill students and community members a new home for studying technology. Students and community members can access the KCI’s lab to study multimedia production, Web design and authoring, e-commerce solutions, digital imaging, presentation software and computer programming.
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