Posted: September 25, 1998

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Five state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have been awarded a total of $2.35 million to increase the technology skills of their teacher education students.

The funds are part of a $3 million special appropriation to MnSCU from the 1998 Legislature. The money is intended to help new teachers learn the latest in classroom technology so that they can be more effective in helping students achieve the new state graduation standards.

The universities receiving technology education money are:

  • Bemidji State - $353,500. Using technology, student teachers will work with faculty to develop performance packages that meet the state graduation standards. The students also will each build a multimedia portfolio that demonstrates their competence as a future K-12 teacher.
  • St. Cloud State - $724,000. A week-long technology workshop will be held for faculty to improve the use of technology in the classroom and integrate technology into the curriculum. The university will equip a "smart classroom" with computers, video resources, TV monitors and other current technologies for use by faculty and students. The university plans to work closely with the St. Cloud School District labschool project.
  • Winona State - $373,000. A website will be built so that K-12 and university faculty can more easily exchange questions and information. A group of 18 K-12 teachers will participate in a tuition-free new graduate course called Technology and the Grad Standards.
  • Mankato State - $548,500. Mankato will focus on increasing interaction with K-12 schools as it prepares student teachers to use new technology to implement the state graduation standards. The university will sponsor a weekend/summer institute for current classroom teachers, counselors and administrators on continued implementation of the grad rule.
  • Moorhead State - $353,500. Five current courses will be adapted to increase students' mastery of technology skills. The university will establish a state-of-the-art classroom for all faculty and students to use in developing curriculum and teaching using technology. In four years, all 1,000 teacher education students will have electronic portfolios. The university faculty will work with junior high faculty in Moorhead on curriculum and lesson plan development.