Avatars for Education
In January 2012, the School of Education opened its TeachLivETM Labs on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. The TeachLivE Lab is a mixed-reality teaching environment intended to support teacher preparation and is an excellent example of a best practice in education— using cutting-edge technology to provide pre-service and in-service teachers the opportunity to practice teaching skills and to improve their expertise.
The School of Education has partnered with the University of Central Florida, where the avatar technology was developed, and is one of only 10 universities in the country with the educational technology, and the only school in the Northeast. Faculty are implementing the TeachLivE technology into the curriculum for all teaching candidates, enabling them to practice teaching content as well as classroom management. The technology enables aspiring and current teachers to try different techniques and make improvements before implementing anything in an actual classroom.
The ribbon-cutting ceremonies were attended by former Chancellor of New York City Public Schools and Pace Trustee Harold O. Levy, New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, and a Representative of New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins ’86, as well as School of Education Dean Andrea (Penny) Spencer, PhD, Pace President Stephen J. Friedman, Interim Provost Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, and other faculty and staff. You can learn more about the labs at www.pace.edu/TeachLivE.