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Florida Department of Education, TCC and Apple to host iPod workshop

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 9, 2009) – Delivering instruction and understanding student learning in the 21st century continues to take quantum leaps to ensure students are successful in a highly competitive world. On Tuesday, January 13, Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), Tallahassee Community College, and Apple Inc. will collaboratively host an iPod Think Ahead Technology Workshop sponsored by the United States Department of Education GEAR UP Grant. This event will be held at Tallahassee Community College’s Turner Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. This unprecedented digital enhanced workshop for students will kick off the use of iPods to help plan and deliver invigorating instruction for students and teachers in Gadsden, Leon, and Jefferson Counties. The students will “think ahead and be able to accelerate ahead” with this learning tool, the Apple iPod Touch.

“Today’s generation of students are learning in unprecedented ways and require more than just a traditional approach to their education,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Technology like this allows us to keep pace with their drive for knowledge and reach them on levels where they can truly excel.”

Parents and guardians of students participating in this workshop will see and use the iPods, thereby enabling them to experience the kind of instruction their children will receive. Promoting parent involvement at its best!

Students and teachers will have use of iPods in diverse classrooms including AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes at each school site. Apple has built a strong ecosystem of tools to help support the use of iPods in education. The digital environment will improve students’ learning and engage them academically in extraordinary ways. The use of this learning tool will address students’ different ways of learning and their multiple intelligences.

The highlight will be students learning with a whole new mind and thinking style. Students will be able to make connections to real life situations and be successful in school. Also, they will experience success in post-secondary education and the workforce which is also the mission of the GEAR UP grant and FLDOE. Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee Community College, and other partners of the Grant are taking action to ensure that students are taught 21st Century skills.

Dr. William Law, the President of Tallahassee Community College, the FLDOE Chancellor of Public Schools, Dr. Frances Haithcock, and Deputy Chancellor of Student Achievement, Iris C. Wilson will greet the students. It promises to be a most exciting event with the elements of collaboration and a bold commitment to students’ learning.

If you should have questions regarding this event, please telephone Arrhea S. Williams, Assistant State Project Manager of GEAR UP or Rose Raynak, State Project Manager at FLDOE (850) 245-0509.

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