ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology
As part of our educational outreach to schools through our Education & Technology Program, each summer the ARRL offers multiple sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, a 4-day expenses paid professional development seminar, in locations through the U.S. The Teachers Institute has provided teachers from elementary school to the university level with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers and basic robotics in their classrooms. The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students.
Get a glimpse of the 2013 ARRL Teachers Institute at ARRL Headquarters.
"Let's Solve This."
ExxonMobil recently launched a TV ad campaign titled “Let’s Solve This” with the focus on the need for more investment in teacher training to improve US student performance. The “Let’s Solve This” campaign cites research that shows that students that are taught by teachers with a deeper understanding of the subject out-perform those students taught by less capable teachers. Therefore, “we need to invest in our teachers as a means to improved student performance.”
There has been a resurgence and aggressive emphasis upon STEM education in response to numerous economic challenges we face from our overseas economic competitors in high technology industries. Now it is being recognized that STEM instruction needs to focus on the connection between science and mathematics and engineering and technology, rather than a more compartmentalized focus on these content areas independently. It is the teacher’s role to make these connections for students. To do so, teachers need to know the science and math content and understand the technologies in use in sufficient detail to make the connections for their students…thus, now the recognition of the core problem identified in the “Let’s Solve This” campaign.
The ARRL ETP has identified this problem and has been doing what we can do to address it by offering the Teachers Instiitute (TI) over the past 9 years. From the first pilot TI conducted in 2004, and each year thereafter, this in-service training program supported entirely by generous philanthropic donations, continues to evolve and flourish.
The Teachers Institute is only the beginning of a participant's exploration with wireless technology. The goal of the TI program is to equip each teacher with necessary foundational knowledge, and through hands-on learning, generate the inspiration for teachers to continue to explore wireless technology and adapt relevant content into their classroom instruction.
This training serves as excellent foundational preparation for teachers interested in including classroom learning about radio communications and wireless technology as part of student preparation for participation in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.
Cost: Teachers Institute opportunities are virtually free for the participants. The grant to attend a TI covers transportation, hotel, a modest per-diem to cover meals, instructional resources for the electronics, microcontroller, and robotics segments of the course, and a resource library of relevant ARRL publications.
Graduate credits: Graduate credits are available through Fresno Pacific University.These credits can be used to satisfy professional growth requirements to maintain teaching credentials. The class is self contained and participants are expected to be able to complete all requirements during the class time. Graduate credit forms may then be requested at the end of the Teachers Institute.
To qualify, applicants must be an active teacher at an elementary, middle, high school or at a community college or university, or in a leadership or enrichment instruction role in an after-school program. An Amateur Radio license is NOT required.
2013 sessions of the Teachers Institute have concluded. Check back in early 2014 for next summer's schedule.
Teachers Institute Agenda
Each Teachers Institute covers a core of topics, while tailoring instruction as much as possible... Read More
Teachers Institute Application
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Meet our Instructors
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We are now accepting applications for 2 sessions of the TI-1 in 2013. Read More
TI-2 Space in the Classroom
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TI-2 Exploring Remote Sensors
Participants will explore Remote Sensing and Data Gathering with hands-on resources. Read More
"Last summer I can proudly exclaim I attended the ARRL Teachers Institute! It was the best four days for a workshop I have experienced in my seven years of teaching. This workshop opened my eyes to how (Amateur Radio) can be used in everyday classrooms to explain concepts in terms so simple an elementary grade school student could understand them."
"There are so many ways amateur radio can be used in the classroom. Amateur radio encompasses so many disciplines it is difficult to list them all. Everything from teaching space science about planetary orbits and radio propagation to the study of electronic circuits and wave forms can be integrated into course materials. My favorite new toy is the oscilloscope. In the past I have explained frequency, wavelength, square waves, and sine waves by drawing them on the board. Better is to use an oscilloscope and a signal generator to show and play frequencies demonstrating the relationship between wavelength and frequency thereby making connections in the brain much easier and faster then with a drawing board. To see the look on kids faces when you do this and to see the revelation expressed is priceless. That is what is missing from education.
...If you know a teacher interested in Amateur radio, or simply looking for a new method to teach difficult concepts, encourage them to apply for a grant to attend the Teacher’s Institute. It is well worth their time. But don’t go looking for a vacation, the TI is the real deal with more information in a week then you could believe possible. My thanks to ARRL for a worthy and effective program, we need more workshops of this caliber for our nation’s teachers!"
Information Technology Instructor
Nelson County Area Technology Center
The Teachers Insitute has received glowing reviews from past participants.
Read about how teachers are using what they learned at the TI in their classrooms.
Find out how you can help to provide more opportunitites for teachers and resources for America's classroom through ARRL's Education & Technology Program.
The Teachers Institue is supported through generous contributions to the Education & Technology Fund. This includes donations by individuals and amateur radio clubs, as well as in-kind support from equipment vendors. We extend special thanks to the Dayton Amateur Radio Assocation, Ham Radio Outlet, Parallax, Inc. and Yaesu for their continuing support.
If you would like to make a contribution, visit our website at www.arrl.org/education-and-technology fund
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