June 21, 2004
up with Technology at the ETTC
By DIANE D’AMICO Education Writer, (609) 272-7241
MAYS LANDING - They didn't spend a lot of money on remodeling,
but when it comes to having the best technology, the Southern
Regional Institute/Educational Technology Training Center is state
of the art.
"Our steering committee wanted everything to be functional,"
SRI chief executive officer Harvey Kesselman said. "But we
also have to have the latest equipment the teachers want to learn."
That's no small challenge given the rapid changes and advances
in educational technology.
Kesselman moved last month with the Institute from its home at
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to a new, larger 6,000-square-foot
site on Route 50 in Mays Landing. The site was chosen to give
Stockton a presence in the western part of the county as the SRI
expands services throughout southern New Jersey.
The Institute spent about $150,000 on the move, most of it on
new equipment. They've wasted no time in earning that money back.
The schedule of summer courses includes one-day workshops and
credit courses that tie into Stockton's master's degree programs
in education, and instructional technology.
Almost 200 educators have already signed up.
"The real issue now is not so much how to use the equipment,
but how to infuse it into the curriculum," Kesselman said.
The Institute is set up for multiple uses. Tables are on wheels
so they can be easily moved to meet workshop needs. Videoconferencing
capabilities can connect to off-site locations. The wireless lab
has 24 laptops. Both Mac and PC computers are available, as is
a Starboard (a high-tech, computerized blackboard) and video-editing
"One of the most popular programs this summer is video production
in the classroom," ETTC assistant director Dina Abbamondi
The center has a lending library of equipment and software that
teachers can borrow, including electronic microscopes, digital
cameras, laptops and projectors.
Workshops are offered at no cost to teachers in districts that
are members of the SRI. Sixty school districts and another dozen
private, nonprofit and government agencies are members of the
"We grew because we met a need to offer professional development,"
More information on courses is available online at: www.ettc.net
To e-mail Diane D'Amico at The Press: DDamico@pressofac.com