Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Q&A: Director of the eMINTS National Center Discusses Philosophy Behind Collaborative Education Program, Impact of Project-Based Learning

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Q&A: Director of the eMINTS National Center Discusses Philosophy Behind Collaborative Education Program, Impact of Project-Based Learning

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Fourth-grade students in Missouri are taking an active role in their classroom learning experience. Recently, on a project about the Lewis and Clark expedition, they took over the front of the classroom with projectors, interactive whiteboards and various software programs to chart the course of the historical expedition. In the process, the students demonstrated how project-based learning transcends traditional opportunities for classroom education. This is the view held by the eMINTS (enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) National Center, a collaborative education program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University of Missouri System Office of Academic Affairs.

Catering to schools nationwide, eMINTS uses a sustained and intensive "train-the-trainer" professional development model to give teachers concrete skills in using technology in education. Monica Beglau, director of the eMINTS National Center (www. emints.org), took a moment to speak with T.H.E. Journal about the center's mission.

T.H.E.: Describe the philosophy of the eMINTS program. Monica Beglau: [Our] philosophy is based on transforming teaching using inquiry-based methods and strategies powered by technology. …

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