Events and Partnerships

Recurring Events

GTC Green Apple Ceremony

Webster's Dictionary defines RIPE this way:

  1. fully grown and developed
  2. having mature knowledge, understanding, or judgement
  3. fully prepared

The apple has long been the universal symbol for TEACHER. As you enter the College of Education and begin your quest for certification, we recognize the fine qualities you possess and honor your accomplishments thus far.  We recognize too that before you earn the title TEACHER, you must continue to learn, grow and mature through real-world classroom experiences.  Today we present you with a GREEN apple, acknowledging that you are on your way, but for now, you are not quite 'ripe'.  We commit to assist and guide you through your "ripening" process.

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This video explains the Green Apple Ceremony.

Focusing on Technology

The GTC staff at has made a strong commitment to training our students on the use of technology in their classrooms.  We strive to keep up to date on current trends in Educational Technology and to integrate these new technologies into our classes.  In addition to in-class use we offer special training sessions covering a variety of technologies.

PBS LearningMedia

Grand Valley State University's (GVSU) College of Education (COE) is the first in the nation to partner with PBS LearningMedia.

This partnership allows GVSU student teachers free unlimited access to educational videos and resources on the PBS LearningMedia website. Teachers can use PBS LearningMedia to assign class projects, have students create interactive digital storyboards, download and share lessons and videos, and identify teaching resources based on content standards. Due to the partnership with the GVSU COE, West Michigan is in the top 5 users of PBS LearningMedia nationwide.

PBS characters with GVSU Staff (photo).

Smart Board Training

Every year GTC students at Grand Valley are trained in the use of "Interactive White Board" technology.  Our student teachers learn the mechanics of using the whiteboard and creating interactive materials for their classrooms.  In addition they receive instruction on how to integrate this tool into their curriculum.


CourseSites is a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service that empowers individual K–12 teachers, college and university instructors and community educators to add a web–based component to their courses, or even host an entire course on the Internet.  GTC student teachers are given the opportunity to learn how to use this powerful tool as part of their class work.

Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets users add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with colleagues and students .  The GTC program uses this application to conduct weekly online cohort sessions via this virtual classroom.

Collaborate Ultra Logo (photo).

Ensemble Video

Ensemble is used in a number of ways throughout the College of Education and is an integral part of our online and hybrid courses. The video tools provides faculty and students with the ability to record and view course material in their own time, conduct virtual classroom observations, and add annotations over video. One of the key features is the security of Ensemble, which integrates with Blackboard and provides a single location for faculty and students to store videos.

The GVSU College of Education was featured on the Ensemble Video website, spotlighting our use of video technology in the classroom.  

Click here to read the case study and view the interviews.

Swivl Technology

Grand Valley State University's College of Education began offering an intensive one-year teacher training program entirely online. With mentors required to evaluate student-teachers in the field in regions beyond Western Michigan, GVSU needed a way to better manage cost in money and time spent.

Watch how Swivl helped, and then download the case study to learn more.

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Page last modified July 25, 2018