UI Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning Opens Doors to Training Idahoans

Wednesday, March 26 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning is celebrating its opening with a VIP ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4 and a public open house from noon for 4 p.m. The center is located in the lower level of the Student Union building at 709 Deakin Ave.

“The opening of the Doceo Center Lab is an exciting step forward, allowing the university to take a more active role in improving and supporting teaching and learning with technology in K-12 schools,” said Royce Kimmons, director of Doceo Center.

The Doceo Center was created through a $5 million J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation grant to establish two centers at UI and Northwest Nazarene University, with $3 million going to UI. The centers will provide research and cutting edge training and technology integration resources to educators, teacher educators and administrators across Idaho.

“Thanks to our partnership with the Albertson Foundation, the Doceo Center already has begun helping teachers and students around the state to improve education through the better use of technology,” said Chuck Staben, president of the University of Idaho. “Too many students are failing out of college by the eighth grade, but partnerships like this promise brighter student futures by better educating them from kindergarten to graduate school.”

Through the center, students and educators from K-12 school districts through universities have access to resources, research and the latest hardware and software available to educators. In addition, the center is offering training on blended learning techniques, as well as opportunities to participate in classroom research projects for preschool through 12th grade teachers and administrators.

“We are thrilled to be able to say that our pre-service teachers are now being prepared with state-of-the-art technology in a classroom designed for technology integration,” said Cori Mantle-Bromley, dean of the College of Education. “We realize, however, that it is not the tools alone that make great teaching and strong learning. Most critical is teachers knowing when technology is appropriate, which technology best addresses the need and most importantly, knowing when no technology is actually the best solution. We have the facilities and the faculty expertise to address these issues.

Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning director Royce Kimmons is available to discuss the center at 208-885-7537. For more information on the center and training opportunities, go to www.uidaho.edu/ed/academics/Doceo-Center and www.doceocenter.org.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to limitless learning for all Idahoans. Since 1997, the Foundation has invested more than $500 million to improve education in Idaho. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.jkaf.org.

Contact: Allison Stormo, College of Education, 208-885-6386, astormo@uidaho.edu

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