OS continues to encourage and assist Department-assisted overseas schools in incorporating new educational technologies (computers, CD-ROMs, multimedia and telecommunications) into administrative areas and the curriculum. This initiative is consistent with the Office’s mission of supporting and increasing the use of technology in these schools and helps faculty improve their teaching skills, expand their knowledge of their subject matter, and become better teachers.

  • Overseas Schools Advisory Council; The Overseas Schools Advisory Council has provided assistance in technology to Department-assisted overseas schools through grants to the regional associations of overseas schools. Below are descriptions of some of these projects:
  • Project ZOOM integrates new technology into the science curricula of grades 3 through 8 in Department-assisted overseas schools to enhance students’ understanding of scientific principles. The project allows teachers and students to “zoom in” on microscopic worlds with both digital cameras (the DigiScope) and computer.
  • MAIS PLACE – The Professional Development Page uses educational technologies and the web site of the Mediterranean Association of International Schools to provide an on-line professional development clearinghouse for international educators and incorporates those technologies for reporting on annual overseas educators’ conferences. It can be accessed at www.maisplace.org.
  • Technology Changing Classroom Instruction provides an integrated, hands-on teacher training project for the appropriate use of technology to enhance classroom instruction. The project provides benchmarks for superintendents, principals, supervisors and curriculum directors to coach and evaluate teachers in the use of educational technologies.
  • Making a Small World Smaller: A Virtual Science Fair develops a “virtual technology science fair.” Students use a web-based distance learning platform to enhance their science skills beyond the laboratory by collaborating with students in other Department-assisted overseas schools and U.S. public and private schools and with science experts in business, academia and professional life. In addition, the project is a model for using virtual technology to expand other areas of the participating schools’ curricula (virtual math leagues, student writing competitions and art exhibits).
  • Jefferson Overseas Schools Technology Institute (JOSTI): JOSTI is a one-week technology training experience for selected overseas educators from Department-assisted overseas schools. The Institute offers training designed to help integrate technology in the classroom, curriculum and administration. The JOSTI 2010 conference marked the sixteenth anniversary of the institute and offered a strand in instructional integration for teachers (K-12) and one for technical staff only, both with an emphasis on virtual learning, highlighting collaborative communities and shared resources. The Institute is limited to 75 participants. One participant per school is given first priority in registering; others are enrolled on a space-available basis.

    OS established the Institute in 1993 with a grant from the Overseas Schools Advisory Council in cooperation with the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Over the last 16 years, over 1,200 participants from Department-assisted overseas schools have received training in state-of-the art educational information technology during this one-week event.

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