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Verizon Partners With Univ. of Texas to Promote Mobile Tech for STEM Learning; Justina Nixon Saintil Comments

ITphotoVerizon and a teacher-preparation program at the University of Texas at Austin have introduced an initiative to train educators on how to integrate mobile technology into science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

The company and UTeach Institute launched the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Higher Education program in September for science and math majors working to obtain secondary teaching certifications from UTech to use mobile solutions for inquiry-based studies, Verizon said Monday.

UT and Verizon also will work to develop support materials and lessons that discuss best practices for integrating mobile technology into STEM classrooms.

“There’s a need for math and science teachers to not only be experts in their fields but also be proficient in using technology to engage students and inspire them to go into STEM fields,” said Justina Nixon Saintil, director of education and technology programs at Verizon Foundation.

Saintil added the program is intended to bring new technology and curriculum to teachers in order to educate future engineers, innovators and scientists.

The program is currently available at the University of Kansas, University of Texas, University of Colorado and University of Massachusetts and four additional universities are set to be added in early 2014.

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