The iINSPIRE Initiative
Mobile devices are changing the way teachers teach and students learn. Today's teachers must go beyond lecture and teach as though their students have all the information in the world at their fingertips, because they do. To address this need, Texas A&M University-Texarkana has launched the iINSPIRE INITIATIVE. The purpose of this project was to train education faculty, prospective teachers and certified teachers to incorporate current technologies into classroom instruction in a way that directly impacts educational outcomes.
The iINSPIRE INITIATIVE is conducted using direct educator input to determine real-world classroom professional development needs. The initiative meets with educators to identify state/region/district instructional technology needs and goals, purchase corresponding technology to address those needs, and provides professional development around those needs. The project maintains a special focus on incorporating Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) activities into coursework and sharing these activities with faculty, teacher candidates and classroom educators on a regular basis. Specific technologies covered by the iINSPIRE INITIATIVE include: