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AACTE Honors University of Central Florida College of Education for Innovative Use of Technology

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(Feb. 6, 2012, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will present its 2012 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology to the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Education. The award, which honors programs that bridge the theory and practice of educator preparation through the use of technology, recognizes UCF’s TLE TeachLivE™ Lab and will be presented February 19 at AACTE’s 64th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology, which reviews submissions for the award, selected UCF’s TLE TeachLivE™ Lab for its forward-thinking innovation in teacher education that goes beyond meeting national or state standards for program-wide educational technology integration.

The TLE TeachLivE™ Lab has the ability to provide opportunities to develop the skills and craft of teaching in a virtual teaching environment, allowing pre-service and in-service teachers to correct errors as they master routines, experiment with new teaching ideas, and develop content area and pedagogical skills in a way that will transfer to a real classroom situation without negatively impacting the learning of real students. Created four years ago by an interdisciplinary team from the UCF College of Education and the Synthetic Reality Laboratory at the Institute for Simulation & Training, the TLE TeachLivE™ Lab has now expanded to several other universities that serve as beta sites to assist with further development of the system and the creation of a long-term research agenda. Partner universities include Clemson University, Florida State University, Miami University, Old Dominion University, Pace University, South Carolina State Upstate, the University of Kansas, the University of Western Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Utah State University, and West Virginia University.

“I am pleased to acknowledge this special recognition of the outstanding work of Drs. Dieker and Hynes of the College of Education, Dr. Hughes of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the entire UCF team that helped champion the TLE TeachLivE™ project,” said John C. Hitt, Ph.D., president of UCF. “Their innovative and collaborative application of research and technology to the profession of education will reverberate with students and educators for generations to come.”

Other selection criteria for the award included integration of multiple technologies into subject matter pedagogies, as reflected in the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework. In addition to being aligned with the three elements of TPACK, the TLE TeachLivE™ Lab supports the development of transition skills for students with significant disabilities and the preparation of teachers in the use of instructional technologies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


AACTE: Serving Learners
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE’s reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education.