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Digital Learning Environments

NSU pledges to prepare future educators with the tech skills to thrive in digital learning environments

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Northeastern State University pledges to prepare educators with the skills to successfully use technology for learning in face-to-face, hybrid and online classrooms.

NSU has signed the EPPs for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). 

“Our College of Education has always strived to be innovative in the educational technology strategies provided to our teacher candidates,” Associate Dean of the College of Education Dr. Lisa Bisogno said. “Now more than ever, it is crucial to instruct our future teachers how to bridge the technology equity gap of which our teacher preparation programs will vow to continue to implement.”

An example of NSU’s innovative approach to educational technology strategies is its robotics program and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) Maker labs. Bisogno said these programs are embedded within the institution’s teacher preparation programs and are also available for use to financially strapped school districts to implement similar STEAM programs.

In addition, the college offers an online teaching option through its Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program and a graduate level online teaching embedded certificate.

“Students learn how to create an equitable online learning community through both these programs,” Bisogno said. “Our undergraduate teacher preparation programs are in the process of developing online teaching pedagogical strategies so all teacher candidates graduate with the adaptability to teach face-to-face or online.”

By signing the pledge, NSU joins 32 institutions committed to preparing teachers to thrive in digital learning environments; preparing teachers to use technology to pursue ongoing professional learning; preparing teachers to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning; equipping all faculty to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning; and collaborating with school leaders to identify shared digital teaching competencies.

“Knowing how to use technology to support student learning is an essential skill for any teacher to thrive in a post-COVID world,” said Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE. “I’m thrilled that Northeastern State University is committed to embedding tech skills into their program so all NSU teacher candidates will be prepared to hit the ground running.”

About Northeastern State University: 
Northeastern State University is Oklahoma’s immersive-learning institution offering workforce-ready degrees at campuses in Tahlequah, Broken Arrow and Muskogee, as well as online. From its humble beginnings as the Cherokee National Female Seminary and through its evolution as a teacher’s college and present-day comprehensive university, NSU is proud of its role to provide a quality, affordable education in Green Country and to serve the educational, cultural and workforce needs of Oklahomans. For more information visit www.nsuok.edu.

About ISTE:
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org.