New tech to prepare Wyoming students for teaching careers

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Casper, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming is planning to use an "augmented reality" program to prepare the teachers of tomorrow for their future work in the classroom.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the program would allow student teachers to practice teaching by projecting a classroom full of digital students. The program will also create various virtual scenarios that teachers are likely to encounter in a real classroom setting such as disruptive students and off-topic questions.

The program is part of the university's Trustees Education Initiative, which was established in 2014.

Executive Director Rebecca Watts says the initiative and the "augmented reality" program are funded through a $5 million grant from the Daniels Fund.

She says the initiative's goal is to prepare future K-12 teachers through new educational initiatives and teaching strategies.