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San Diego Supercomputer Center Launches the 2005 TeacherTECH Summer Computing Institute

Program Educates San Diego Teachers on Integrating Technology into Their Classrooms

Published 06/01/2005

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) today announced the launch of the 2005 TeacherTECH Summer Computing Institute. Taught by the SDSC education department staff and a variety of guest lecturers (see below for details), the four-session series is designed to allow K-12 teachers from the San Diego School District to explore and examine different multimedia and Web applications for use in classroom curriculum.

"Today's technology is advancing at break-neck speed. Through this training program, San Diego teachers will be able stay ahead of the curve in order to provide their students with the best instruction possible," said Diane Baxter, director of SDSC's education department. "When they walk out our doors on the last day, teachers will know how to use powerful technological tools to help engage their students."

The TeacherTECH 2005 series offers the following four sessions and space is very limited. For more information, log on to

TeacherTECH Summer Science Week

For the first time, SDSC is partnering with the San Diego City Schools Educational Technology Department in a pilot program to integrate technology into seventh and eighth grade classrooms. Held June 27-uly 1, the program will be in conjunction with the San Diego City Schools Enhancing Science Education Through Technology (ESETT) project and the SALI (Science and Life Issues) Technology Integration Committee. Attendees will hear lectures from SDSC and Scripps Institute of Oceanography followed by hands-on activities intended to enhance classroom curriculum and learning.

TeacherTECH I

Held July 18-22, TeacherTECH I is designed to introduce teachers to the basic technology tools. Topics covered will include*:

  • Computer components (such as hardware and software)
  • How to add hardware to a system
  • Connecting to and using the Internet
  • Plug-in technology
  • Email use
  • Digital photography
  • An introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

TeacherTECH II

The second workshop, held July 25 - 29, is designed for the more advanced computer user and focuses on instructing teachers about creating appealing and effective Web pages and sites for classroom and instructional use. Advanced topics include*:

  • Understanding the Web development process
  • How to use graphic design software (Fireworks and Dreamweaver) for Web projects
  • Usability concepts and Section 508 compliance


Held August 1-5, this advanced course allows K-12 teachers to further develop their technology skills by learning software such as Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Fireworks and iMovie. Participants will learn the art of multimedia web development through the use of step-by-step tutorials as they continue to refine, enhance and complete their educational Website projects. Topics will include*:

  • Tips and tricks when using Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks
  • Making Flash animations
  • Using a Random Image Generator
  • Using iMovie
  • Using Dreamweaver extensions
  • Usability concepts and Section 508 compliance
  • Multimedia Web development

TeacherTECH III will be co-taught by a teacher from the San Diego City Schools (a 2001 TeacherTECH graduate) and a Preuss School intern.

*Schedule is subject to change

About SDSC

The mission of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) is to innovate, develop, and deploy technology to advance science. SDSC is involved in an extensive set of collaborations and activities at the intersection of technology and science whose purpose is to enable and facilitate the next generation of scientific advances. Founded in 1985 and primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego. With a staff of more than 400 scientists, software developers, and support personnel, SDSC is an international leader in data management, grid computing, biosciences, geosciences, and visualization. For more information, see

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