Jaime Casap, Google Apps education manager, discusses how technology is crucial to the future of global education at a press event on Oct. 5, 2010, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.
Google and NYIT announced plans to bring Google Apps for Education, which provides e-mail support, document sharing, and integrated video chat, to more than three million K-12 students across 697 public school districts and all non-public and charter schools in New York.
“Google Apps not only has the core tool sets used by schools, but they are natively built to encourage collaboration and interaction between teachers and students in schools and across districts,” said Stanley Silverman, director of NYIT’s Technology-Based Learning Systems (TBLS) group and professor in the School of Education, at a press conference inside the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Oct. 5. “This set of capabilities encourages the development of every student’s 21st-century skills while mastering the core learning standards.”
A similar agreement with the Oracle Education Foundation will allow NYIT to bring ThinkQuest, an online learning platform, to more than 8,500 students in New York over the next two years. ThinkQuest helps students develop important 21st-century skills as well, including global communication, critical thinking, and Web-based technology skills.
“These educational partnerships instill in students a love for learning through challenging projects, enrich their classroom experiences with real applications, and prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
For years, NYIT’s TBLS group has helped New York school districts incorporate technological solutions that facilitate classroom learning through partnerships with New York State Teachers Centers, the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, United Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers, and other New York professional education organizations.