The Pace Computer Learning Center has been involved in helping teachers learn to integrate technology using Internet resources since 1997, when, under a grant from the then Bell Atlantic Corporation, over 900 teachers were trained over a three year period.
Since that initial project, PCLC has continued this work with New York City and Westchester private and public schools. Most recently, funding has come from the Facilitator Center, an organization serving non-public schools in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
This pilot project was conceived as a way in which PCLC could use its experience and expertise to present Thinkfinity to teachers in schools with fewer technical resources than typical public schools, or with special needs for students and teachers, and then to enable those teachers to explore and utilize the resources of Thinkfinity in lessons and activities. Since we had not focused on Thinkfinity before we were interested in finding out how it would be received, and also whether the concentration of resources within Thinkfinity would help teachers move faster along the path to technology integration.
The project team consisted of the director of the Pace University Computer Learning Center, Sylvia Russakoff, and two master teachers, Babette Kronstadt and Anita Tumminelli. In addition, Debra Blaustein, a graduate student at the Pace University School of Education, assisted at many of the sessions.
Russakoff, Sylvia, "Pilot Project: Technology Integration in Underserved Schools using Thinkfinity, Spring 2008, Final Report" (2008). Cornerstone 1 Reports : Expansion and Enhancements of the Thinkfinity Platform. Paper 4.