Apple Computer, Inc., recently donated a $4,500 system to Fordham University's Regional Education Technology Center (RETC) that will serve as the hub for the center's multimedia professional development work with educators in the Bronx and across the country.
“We will use this equipment to develop materials and to guide educators in strengthening, innovating and extending their understanding of student learning,” said Kathleen King, Ed.D., professor of adult education and director of the RETC. “Research and development have an important place in teaching and learning.”
Through the new system, educators will learn how to use technology, including digital photography, video, scanners and sound, in the classroom. In addition, the RETC will be able to research and advance the development of innovative multimedia materials to share with educators worldwide. Apple will service the equipment every nine months, based on the RETC's needs.
Last winter, Toshiba America, Inc., donated five computers that the RETC uses with Bronx teachers who work with computers in their classrooms.
The RETC, located on the Rose Hill campus, serves the professional learning needs of educators. The center's award-winning programs in educational technology and professional development span K-12, adult education and higher education. Since 1997, the RETC has provided local leadership in these fields by hosting educational technology events and partnering with schools. The RETC was established, in part, through a $9 million grant as part of New York state's Higher Education Applied Technology Legislation of 1995.