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AACTE Honors Michigan State University with Innovative Use of Technology Award

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(Feb. 18, 2013, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will present its 2013 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology to the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Education. The award, which honors programs that incorporate innovation beyond meeting national or state standards for program-wide educational technology integration, recognizes the MSU College of Education's Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program. It will be presented February 28 at AACTE's 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology, which reviews submissions for the award, selected the MSU Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program for its demonstration of exceptional implementation and research of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework on a program level. The program engages candidates in the rich problems and interrelationships of pedagogy, technology and content to produce graduates who develop innovative pedagogical solutions. The Committee found technological competency woven throughout the program and seamlessly integrated with pedagogy and content knowledge.

"We are extremely proud of our faculty in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program," said Donald E. Heller, Ed.D., dean of the MSU College of Education. "They have long been leaders in both researching the use of technology in teaching and learning, as well as applying their knowledge in the classroom. This award from AACTE recognizes their accomplishments and national leadership in innovative uses of instructional technology."

Other selection criteria for the award include that programs must be using technology to bridge the theory and practice of teacher education through the use of multiple technologies; have changed in some way as a result of the technology use and integration; and be able to communicate the impact technologies have had based on qualitative or quantitative research.

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