"ATDC" redirects here. For the Michigan Tech building, see Advanced Technology Development Complex.The Advanced Technology Development Center is a science and business incubator in Georgia. It is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is headquartered in Technology Square. ATDC was formed in 1980 to stimulate growth in Georgia's technology business base, and admitted its first member company in 1981. It now has locations in Atlanta and Savannah. In 2011, ATDC expanded its mission by merging with Georgia Tech’s VentureLab and with the Georgia SBIR Assistance Program. ATDC has opened its membership to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia, from those at the earliest conception stage to the well-established, venture-fundable companies.More than 120 companies started there, including firms such as MindSpring and TransNexus. Sponsored companies have created almost 51,000 man-years of employment, generated over $12.7 billion revenue, generated over $100 million in profit to Georgia, and raised over $1 billion in venture capital since 1999. ATDC has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Business Week as one of the nation's top incubators, and won several other awards. Wikipedia.
News Article | October 28, 2016
Prototype Prime, a tech incubator and maker space providing education, resources and support for innovators in the metro Atlanta area, today announced its grand opening in Peachtree Corners, Ga. The first maker space in Gwinnett Country, Prototype Prime provides a workspace tailored to inventive and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, from students to professionals to retirees. “Our vision is to launch more scalable tech startups by providing the tools and resources they need to bring new products to market,” said Sanjay Parekh, co-founder. “With room to incubate over 60 entrepreneurs and their employees, and boasting 3D printers, laser cutters, and electronics manufacturing capabilities, Prototype Prime is now the most cutting-edge facility north of the Atlanta perimeter.” Over the past decade, Georgia has consistently ranked second for states experiencing large increases in entrepreneurial activity, with technology being one of metro Atlanta’s major industries. Despite these positive trends, the majority of resources available for startups has significant barriers to entry and do not provide the tools necessary to launch a successful business. In partnership with ATDC at Georgia Tech and supported by the City of Peachtree Corners, Prototype Prime provides not only a physical office and maker space, but also educational series, mentors, venture capitalists and service providers to ignite successful startups. The facility’s location was strategically selected based on the city’s strong historical ties to the technology industry. Considered the pioneer city of technology in Georgia, Peachtree Corners was first created to house high technology industries to employ, among others, engineer graduates from Georgia Tech. In the 1970 and 80’s, it was also home to one of Atlanta’s first high-tech success stories - Hayes Microcomputer Products, which created the Smartmodem. Today, the city is located just two miles north of Norcross, Georgia, which was recently named the 14th “most genius place in America” by Time Magazine. “Peachtree Corners has a rich history in technology, giving birth to metro Atlanta’s technology industry in the 1970’s when it established Technology Park,” said Mayor Mike Mason, co-founder. “I’m confident Prototype Prime will ignite economic development through innovation, education and job creation – ushering in the next generation of our city’s technology legacy.” For more information on Prototype Prime, to schedule a tour or apply to be a member, visit http://www.prototypeprime.com. Prototype Prime provides access to education, tools, venture capitalists and more to help entrepreneurs launch their product and scale their business. Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, the pioneer city of technology in Georgia, Prototype Prime is an unmatched resource for the startup community. Partnering with ATDC at Georgia Tech and supported by the City of Peachtree Corners, the incubator enables thinkers and visionaries to come in with an idea, and leave with a profitable venture. To learn more, visit http://www.prototypeprime.com or follow us on Twitter @PrototypePrime.
News Article | November 14, 2016
2016 Atlanta Mobile Awards were given out on November 3rd to recognize the best in mobile marketing, mobile technology and mobile development from around the Atlanta Metro. Atlanta, GA, November 14, 2016 --( Each year, the Atlanta Mobile Awards brings brands and technology companies of all sizes together to celebrate the best in mobile marketing, products and experiences. This year, more than 50 companies hailing from Atlanta, entered submissions to be judged by an all-star panel of Atlanta-based mobile experts. Joseph DeCarlo, Principal Architect at Turner returned to Atlanta Mobile Awards panel of judges for the second year. DeCarlo was joined by Tom Daly, group director global connections for The Coca-Cola Company, Aviral “A.K.” Singh, brand building leader for Georgia Pacific, Jennifer Bonnett, general manager of ATDC and Chief Chick and founder of StartupChicks, and mobile gaming expert Marcus Matthews. “We were very excited about our panel of judges this year. Each member brought a unique perspective from their experience building brands and businesses through mobile,” said Kyle Rollins, Founder and Co-Director of AMMO. “Getting each entrant’s work in front of these mobile and tech industry leaders is a big deal.” This year, AMMO gave out eight awards, recognizing best-in-class products to the following companies in the areas of: · Best Mobile Startup was presented to Roadie, developed by Big Nerd Ranch. Roadie connects people who have items to send with drivers already heading in the right direction. By tapping into unused space in passenger vehicles already on the road, Roadie creates a community that gives businesses and consumers a more cost-efficient, faster, and greener shipping option. · Big ATL/Atl Only was presented to Food Finder Georgia, developed by stable|kernel. Food Finder is a free web and mobile app that connects more than 650,000 food insecure children in Georgia to free food resources. · Best AR/VR was presented to CN2 for its Assist platform. Assist enables enterprises to offer augmented reality enhanced remote assistance to field service personnel and customers on demand. · Best Public Service/Non-Profit was presented to The American Cancer Society for its FUNdraising app. The ACS FUNdraising app allows participants of Relay for Life and Making Strides the ability to track their fundraising progress at the individual, team and event level. Consumers also have the ability to send donation solicitation messages via email, text and all the social networks in addition to being able to scan credit cards and checks from a completely PCI compliant app. · Best IoT was presented to Luma for its Surround WiFi System to solve for the issue of bad internet with the delivery of a true Surround WiFi experience that included a mesh network, enterprise-level security & a sleek design. · Best B2B/Enterprise was presented to Cooleaf, a technology platform customized to reflect the employer brand with the focus of creating a more connected employee community while empowering company leaders to track engagement metrics. · Best Gaming/Gamification was presented to Intercontinental Hotels Group for its Planet Trekkers app, developed by Dragon Army. Planet Trekkers is an app designed to give children fun and exciting ways to engage with their family’s travel destination before, during and after a holiday. Created in partnership with National Geographic Kids®, the app helps young travelers explore and appreciate the world around them. · People’s Choice, an award given to the project that captures the most fan votes, was awarded to Moxie Sports, an app developed by stable|kernel. The sports scheduling app not only allows for coaches to set a schedule that is available to anyone following the team, but if there are changes made to the schedule, a push notification is sent out to all users – assistant coaches, players and parents. “Our mission is to bring national attention to Atlanta’s vibrant mobile scene,” said Josh Gertz, Co-Founder and Director of AMMO. “The People’s Choice Award gives the mobile and startup communities a voice in who bests represents our city.” If you’d like to learn more about the organization and its monthly meetings, or get involved with the 2017 Atlanta Mobile Awards, please visit Atlantammo.org. Atlanta, GA, November 14, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Atlanta Mobile Marketing Organization (AMMO) celebrated its third annual Atlanta Mobile Awards at the Loft at Center Stage hosted by Atlanta radio and T.V. personality Mara Davis on November 3rd.Each year, the Atlanta Mobile Awards brings brands and technology companies of all sizes together to celebrate the best in mobile marketing, products and experiences. This year, more than 50 companies hailing from Atlanta, entered submissions to be judged by an all-star panel of Atlanta-based mobile experts. Joseph DeCarlo, Principal Architect at Turner returned to Atlanta Mobile Awards panel of judges for the second year. DeCarlo was joined by Tom Daly, group director global connections for The Coca-Cola Company, Aviral “A.K.” Singh, brand building leader for Georgia Pacific, Jennifer Bonnett, general manager of ATDC and Chief Chick and founder of StartupChicks, and mobile gaming expert Marcus Matthews.“We were very excited about our panel of judges this year. Each member brought a unique perspective from their experience building brands and businesses through mobile,” said Kyle Rollins, Founder and Co-Director of AMMO. “Getting each entrant’s work in front of these mobile and tech industry leaders is a big deal.”This year, AMMO gave out eight awards, recognizing best-in-class products to the following companies in the areas of:· Best Mobile Startup was presented to Roadie, developed by Big Nerd Ranch. Roadie connects people who have items to send with drivers already heading in the right direction. By tapping into unused space in passenger vehicles already on the road, Roadie creates a community that gives businesses and consumers a more cost-efficient, faster, and greener shipping option.· Big ATL/Atl Only was presented to Food Finder Georgia, developed by stable|kernel. Food Finder is a free web and mobile app that connects more than 650,000 food insecure children in Georgia to free food resources.· Best AR/VR was presented to CN2 for its Assist platform. Assist enables enterprises to offer augmented reality enhanced remote assistance to field service personnel and customers on demand.· Best Public Service/Non-Profit was presented to The American Cancer Society for its FUNdraising app. The ACS FUNdraising app allows participants of Relay for Life and Making Strides the ability to track their fundraising progress at the individual, team and event level. Consumers also have the ability to send donation solicitation messages via email, text and all the social networks in addition to being able to scan credit cards and checks from a completely PCI compliant app.· Best IoT was presented to Luma for its Surround WiFi System to solve for the issue of bad internet with the delivery of a true Surround WiFi experience that included a mesh network, enterprise-level security & a sleek design.· Best B2B/Enterprise was presented to Cooleaf, a technology platform customized to reflect the employer brand with the focus of creating a more connected employee community while empowering company leaders to track engagement metrics.· Best Gaming/Gamification was presented to Intercontinental Hotels Group for its Planet Trekkers app, developed by Dragon Army. Planet Trekkers is an app designed to give children fun and exciting ways to engage with their family’s travel destination before, during and after a holiday. Created in partnership with National Geographic Kids®, the app helps young travelers explore and appreciate the world around them.· People’s Choice, an award given to the project that captures the most fan votes, was awarded to Moxie Sports, an app developed by stable|kernel. The sports scheduling app not only allows for coaches to set a schedule that is available to anyone following the team, but if there are changes made to the schedule, a push notification is sent out to all users – assistant coaches, players and parents.“Our mission is to bring national attention to Atlanta’s vibrant mobile scene,” said Josh Gertz, Co-Founder and Director of AMMO. “The People’s Choice Award gives the mobile and startup communities a voice in who bests represents our city.”If you’d like to learn more about the organization and its monthly meetings, or get involved with the 2017 Atlanta Mobile Awards, please visit Atlantammo.org. 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News Article | February 15, 2017
PowWow Mobile, the leading enterprise mobility platform that allows companies to deliver powerful, modern native mobile apps quickly, simply and economically, today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for two patent applications related to its rapid mobile app development (RMAD) technology. Today’s news further solidifies PowWow Mobile’s leadership in enterprise mobility with the richest IP and patent portfolio in the industry. U.S. Patent Application No. 14/097195 - The “Systems And Methods To Configure Applications,” relates to the means to install and configure different applications using a common interface, and allows users to conveniently manage a portfolio of applications types using a common set of tools. The primary benefit of this approach is the ability to address multiple types of applications used via remote clients or remote computing devices. This patent is one of two patents invented by PowWow Mobile co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Jonathan Kaplan. U.S. Patent Application No. 13/256749 - The “Systems And Methods For Improved Wireless Interface Aggregation,” relates to the means by which multiple wireless network interfaces can be aggregated. The primary benefit of this approach is that the overall throughput rate is greater than the sum of the individual wireless network interfaces unto themselves, yielding advanced performance at the endpoint device, such as a smartphone or tablet. This patent is one of five patents, which arose from research developed within the Networks and Mobile Computing Research Laboratory at The Georgia Institute of Technology, for which PowWow holds an exclusive global license from the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), arising from its acquisition of StarMobile, Inc. last year. That intellectual property was commercialized through VentureLab, the #2 ranked university-based business incubator in the world, under grants from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and at the Advance Technology Development Center (ATDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "These patents are critical building blocks of our current product capabilities and represent an important milestone for PowWow Mobile, as we advance our efforts in building a robust IP portfolio in support of our Rapid Mobile App Development technology,” said Kia Behnia, CEO, PowWow Mobile. “Our vision is to be the platform of choice for both IT and Lines of Business to design, build and run enterprise mobile apps quickly, simply and cost-effectively. These patents are indicative of our commitment to innovation as the basis of our current and future product roadmap.” The PowWow Mobile solution disrupts the speed, complexity and economics commonly associated with delivering productivity enhancing apps to an increasingly mobile-first workforce. The PowWow SmartUX™ Platform accelerates mobile app development by transforming existing Windows, web and Java applications and workflows into modern mobile experiences or; by creating net new apps that connect to any third-party data source, API or SQL. With PowWow Mobile, users can easily design and deploy personalized, intelligent and secure apps that run anywhere, on any device (PC, laptop, tablet, phone or watch) and any OS (iOS, Android, Windows 10, or HTML5). To learn more about PowWow Mobile’s technology, click here and follow us on twitter @PowWowMobile. About PowWow Mobile PowWow Mobile allows enterprises to transform business applications into modern, mobile app experiences. PowWow Mobile eliminates business-IT friction as enterprises seek competitive advantage and increased productivity through mobile for today’s digital workplace. Our SmartUX Platform accelerates enterprise application transformation by creating new, native mobile apps from any web or Windows app, quickly without sacrificing quality, and at a lower cost than custom solutions or other tools. PowWow Mobile works with customers across industries, including financial services, healthcare, telecom, software, consulting and public sector. PowWow Mobile is based in San Francisco. Learn more at http://www.powwowmobile.com
News Article | March 2, 2017
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Urjanet, the world-wide leader for utility data, today announced $20 million of new funding in a Series C round led by Oak HC/FT. Urjanet offers a data-as-a-service (DaaS) solution that provides line-item detail of cost and usage information from approximately 4,000 utilities in 30 countries. The data that Urjanet accesses from electric, gas, telco, water, and waste providers enables SMEs and multinational companies to automate their accounting and bill processing, manage energy costs, comply with energy reporting regulations, and monitor sustainability. The round of funding comes as government agencies, such as the CFPB, as well as private financial institutions have recently made steps to explore programs to incorporate alternative sources of consumer payment data, such as utilities and rent, to make credit and lending decisions. The funding will enable Urjanet to expand its global network of utility providers as well as launch new data applications in the financial services industry that focus on alternative credit scoring and identity verification. “We are excited to advance our mission to equip companies with the data they need to manage billing and payments, energy consumption and utility costs, and achieve sustainability goals,” said Sanjoy Malik, CEO of Urjanet, commenting on the investment round. “Oak HC/FT’s financing will enable us to broaden our reach to the world’s largest corporations and utility providers, as well as accelerate our launch of new applications using utility data as an alternative source for credit scoring and identity verification.” Patricia Kemp, general partner at Oak HC/FT, added, “Urjanet is tackling a critical concern for many companies: managing their complex utility expenses and billing data. We look forward to working with Sanjoy and the Urjanet team, as they roll out their data service to new customers, and expand their reach into adjacent markets and financial services.” Oak HC/FT is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). Urjanet is the 16th investment by Oak HC/FT since launching the inaugural $500 million fund in June 2014. The fund and its investors contain deep domain experience and are uniquely positioned to provide entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, and access to an extensive network of industry leaders. Ms. Kemp will join the board of Urjanet. Urjanet is based in Atlanta and was founded at ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center). The technology was developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology through a research and funding partnership with the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA). Investors include Grotech Ventures, and Correlation Ventures, Imlay Investments, and the GRA. Urjanet’s mission is to provide the world with easy access to automated utility data. Our cloud-based platform connects directly to utilities to seamlessly acquire and normalize disparate utility bill and interval data. The process data is delivered directly to industry-leading business applications. Public and private organizations across the world use Urjanet data to achieve sustainability goals and reduce energy consumption and cost. Urjanet is rapidly becoming the global standard for utility data and powers applications from the leading energy and sustainability providers. Urjanet is a privately-held company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.urjanet.com Oak HC/FT (http://oakhcft.com) is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). We are focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, business plan execution and access to our extensive network of industry leaders.
News Article | December 6, 2016
Healthcare leaders from across Georgia will discuss healthcare innovation and the impact of new federal healthcare regulations at the 7th annual Health IT Leadership Summit, to be held Wed., Dec. 7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta. Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be the morning keynote speaker at the summit, which brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovations that enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people. As acting administrator, Slavitt oversees programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Slavitt and the CMS team are focused on improving quality, health outcomes, access and affordability while addressing health equity and protecting program integrity, including combating health care fraud. Slavitt will kick off the morning program with a legislative update and discussions around the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), establishing new ways to pay physicians for Medicare beneficiaries. “Community and clinician engagement through events like the Health IT Leadership Summit are a priority for CMS as they help facilitate both collaboration and education,” Slavitt said. “We look forward discussing the MACRA Final Rule with the thought leaders in attendance on December 7th.” Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will join Slavitt in a MACRA update. In the afternoon, Cory Wiegert, VP, Offering Management of IBM Watson Health, will address “New Insights to the Healthcare Ecosystem: Driving Value Around the End Consumer.” Wiegert is the Offering Management executive for the Value Based Care portfolio of products in IBM’s Watson Health business unit. In this role, he is responsible for product strategy, design and delivery of the offerings focused on solutions which help healthcare organizations with their transformation to a focus on quality and outcome based delivery. With over 20 years of success product management experience in enterprise software and analytics applications, he brings a unique perspective on how technology which transformed other industries can be applied to accelerate the transformation in healthcare. The Health IT Leadership Summit was created in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED), the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society (TAG Health). Proceeds from the event will go to support the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the advancement of technology and education in Georgia. Many local healthcare providers, technology companies and educational organizations are involved in sponsoring this year’s Summit. Among them is the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC). "ATDC is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Health IT Leadership Summit to help showcase what our companies and others in the sector are doing to advance and improve the quality of healthcare," said Jane McCracken, ATDC’s healthcare catalyst. "As Georgia's technology incubator, ATDC works with entrepreneurs to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed. The companies in our ATDC Signature and ATDC Accelerate portfolios span a broad range of technologies including healthcare IT, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics companies." About the Health IT Leadership Summit Now in its 7th year, the Summit brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovation to enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people. Supported by a founding partnership that includes the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society, the event will offer attendees a full day of informational sessions, innovative exhibits and networking opportunities centered around the theme of “Connecting Healthcare…Making IT Work for You.” Key presentation topics will focus on interoperability, IT security, clinical applications and funding. To learn more about this year’s Summit — including information regarding sponsorship and registration, visit http://healthitleadershipsummit.com/. Follow us on Twitter @HealthITSummit.
News Article | February 28, 2017
The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology incubator, is hosting its first-ever ATDC Venture Showcase roadshow, where 11 of Atlanta’s most innovative, high-growth companies will present to more than 30 San Francisco venture capitalists. The roadshow will be held Feb. 28 at WeWork Golden Gate in San Francisco, California. The initiative is part of ATDC’s Investor Connect program, which gives serious venture capitalists — from angel to later-stage investors — opportunities to take a look at highly vetted, market disruptive companies in ATDC’s Signature and Accelerate portfolios, along with other startups from greater Atlanta. The ATDC Venture Showcase also will feature two keynote speakers: Atlanta’s Rob Frohwein, Kabbage founder and CEO, and Jonathan Ebinger, general partner of BlueRun Ventures. “This is a highly curated group of West Coast investors, and we want to connect them — in a meaningful and targeted way — to the companies doing dynamic things in their respective markets,” said ATDC Assistant Director Jane McCracken. “Taking these outstanding investment opportunities ‘on the road’ is also designed to give the investors a deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of innovation-led companies being created in Atlanta’s technology ecosystem.” The companies represent a diversity of industries, ranging from cybersecurity to health management to financial technology to the Internet of Things. Six of the 11 companies scheduled to present are part of ATDC or graduates of its program: The ATDC Venture Showcase, which later hopes to target New York and Boston, is co-hosted by Morris, Manning & Martin, Silicon Valley Bank, Venture Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Aprio. “If you think about how much progress Atlanta has made in the last five years as a startup ecosystem, we have a lot of talented entrepreneurs here with a lot of big ideas,” said Brian Dally, CEO and co-founder of GROUNDFLOOR, a microlending platform for real estate. “A lot of investors in Silicon Valley could find good deal flow here, but they aren’t as familiar with what’s going on here. So this is an opportunity to represent that deal flow to those investors who will get a sample of what’s here and hopefully realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg.” About ATDC: The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the state of Georgia’s technology startup incubator. Founded in 1980 by the Georgia General Assembly which funds it each year, ATDC’s mission is to work with entrepreneurs in Georgia to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed in the creation of viable, disruptive technology companies. Since its founding, ATDC has grown to become one of the longest running and most successful university-affiliated incubators in the United States, with its graduate startup companies raising nearly $3 billion in investment financing and generating more than $12 billion in revenue in the state of Georgia. For more information, please visit atdc.org.
News Article | November 21, 2016
Over 600 teachers, principals and educational leaders from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, last week for the International Conference on Changes and Innovations Supporting Education in the region, organised by the Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre in cooperation with The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS). With its theme "Empowering Learning", the conference came on the heels of the opening of the Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre (ATDC), which was founded by TEAS. "We are very pleased that the opening of our centre was followed by this high-level international conference," said TEAS Chairman, Tale Heydarov. "The importance of teachers cannot be overstated. For the development of any nation, the quality of schools and the quality of teachers is most important. The better the teachers, the better the students, the better the future of the country." The two-day conference brought two leading educators to Baku: Bill Martin from the United States and Deb Masters from New Zealand. "Azerbaijan as a nation understands that the teacher is the most important part of the system," Martin said. "That if they train regular teachers to become expert teachers, they will be successful." To do that, willingness to change is key, according to Deb Masters. "If you don't like change, don't be a teacher," she said. "And if we can exhibit to kids that even the teachers are learners, we're actually modelling what we're saying is important." Azerbaijan is familiar with change. A former Soviet republic, the country is celebrating 25 years of independence this year. Yet some old habits of the Soviet education system have prevailed. "We're at times still struggling, because some teachers teach the way they did in Soviet times," said Chinara Nur, a teacher trainer at ATDC. "And that's the issue. You are not being operated today anymore by a doctor with 30-year-old knowledge. You want an up-to-date surgeon, you want new equipment. It's the same with teachers and classrooms." That teaching is life-long learning was pointed out by Parvana Guliyeva, who teaches English at the European Azerbaijan School in Baku. She stressed the dramatic educational changes in her country over the past quarter century. "In my childhood, teachers taught in traditional ways. The classroom was very teacher-oriented," she said. "Today it's very different, because our classrooms are student-centred. Teachers are just an invisible guide in the classroom."
News Article | November 21, 2016
La semaine dernière, plus de 600 enseignants, directeurs d'école et chefs de file en matière d'éducation du monde entier se sont réunis à Bakou, en Azerbaïdjan, à l'occasion de l'International Conference on Changes and Innovations Supporting Education (Conférence internationale sur les changements et innovations en faveur de l'éducation) dans la région, organisée par le Centre de formation des enseignants d'Azerbaïdjan en collaboration avec le Cercle européen d'Azerbaïdjan (TEAS). Avec pour thème « Valoriser l'apprentissage », la conférence suivait de près l'ouverture du Centre de formation des enseignants d'Azerbaïdjan (ATDC), fondé par le TEAS. « Nous sommes extrêmement heureux que l'ouverture de notre centre ait été suivie par cette conférence internationale de haut niveau », a déclaré Tale Heydarov, président du TEAS. « On ne soulignera jamais assez l'importance des enseignants. La qualité des écoles et des enseignants est primordiale pour le développement de toute nation. Meilleurs sont les enseignants, meilleurs sont les élèves et meilleur sera l'avenir du pays. » La conférence de deux jours a réuni à Bakou deux pédagogues de premier plan : Bill Martin des États-Unis et Deb Masters de Nouvelle-Zélande. « L'Azerbaïdjan en tant que nation est consciente que l'enseignant est l'élément le plus important du système », a déclaré M. Martin. « Si le pays forme des enseignants classiques pour en faire des enseignants experts, il prospérera. » Pour y parvenir, la volonté de changer est essentielle, selon Deb Masters. « Si vous n'aimez pas le changement, ne devenez pas enseignant », a-t-elle affirmé. « Et lorsque nous expliquons aux enfants que même les enseignants continuent d'apprendre, nous leur faisons comprendre que ce que nous disons est important. » L'Azerbaïdjan est habitué au changement. Ancienne république soviétique, le pays fête ses 25 ans d'indépendance cette année. Pourtant, des anciennes habitudes héritées du système éducatif soviétique perdurent. « C'est parfois encore difficile, parce que centains professeurs enseignent comme ils le faisaient à l'époque soviétique », a expliqué Chinara Nur, formatrice d'enseignants à l'ATDC. « Et c'est là le problème. Aujourd'hui, vous ne vous faites plus opérer par un médecin dont les connaissances datent d'il y a 30 ans. Vous voulez un chirurgien informé, vous voulez un équipement de pointe. C'est pareil pour les enseignants et les salles de classe. » Le fait que l'enseignement nécessite un apprentissage tout au long de la vie a été souligné par Parvana Guliyeva, professeure d'anglais à l'École européenne d'Azerbaïdjan à Bakou. Elle a insisté sur les profonds changements éducatifs qui ont eu lieu dans son pays au cours des 25 dernières années. « Dans mon enfance, les enseignants utilisaient des méthodes traditionnelles. La salle de classe était très axée sur le professeur », a-t-elle expliqué. « Les choses sont très différentes aujourd'hui parce que les salles de classe sont centrées sur les élèves. Les enseignants sont juste des guides invisibles dans la classe. »
News Article | November 21, 2016
Über 600 Lehrer, Rektoren und führende Köpfe des Bildungswesens aus aller Welt kamen letzte Woche zur Internationalen Konferenz zu Veränderungen und Innovationen im Bildungswesen (International Conference on Changes and Innovations Supporting Education) nach Baku, die vom aserbaidschanischen Zentrum für die Ausbildung von Lehrkräften in Zusammenarbeit mit der Europäisch-Aserbaidschanischen Gesellschaft (The European Azerbaijan Society, TEAS) organisiert worden war. Die Konferenz mit dem Motto "Empowering Learning" (Zum Lernen befähigen) fand im Rahmen der Eröffnung des von der TEAS gegründeten aserbaidschanischen Zentrums für die Ausbildung von Lehrkräften (Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre, ATDC) statt. "Wir freuen uns sehr darüber, gleich nach der Eröffnung unseres Zentrums eine derart hochkarätige internationale Konferenz abhalten zu dürfen", so Tale Heydarov, Vorsitzender der TEAS. "Wie wichtig Lehrkräfte sind, kann gar nicht oft genug betont werden. Die Qualität von Schulen und Lehrkräften ist für die Entwicklung eines Landes das Wichtigste. Je besser die Lehrkräfte, desto besser die Schüler und desto vielversprechender die Zukunft des Landes." Im Rahmen der zweitägigen Konferenz kamen zwei führende Köpfe des internationalen Bildungswesens nach Baku: Bill Martin aus den USA und Deb Masters aus Neuseeland. "Aserbaidschan ist ein Land, das verstanden hat, dass Lehrkräfte der wichtigste Bestandteil des Systems sind", so Martin. "Dass das Land erfolgreich sein wird, wenn es aus allgemeinen Lehrkräften Experten macht." Um dies zu erreichen, ist laut Deb Masters die Bereitschaft für Veränderungen unerlässlich. "Wer keine Veränderungen mag, sollte davon absehen, Lehrer zu werden", so Masters. "Und wenn wir den Kindern vermitteln können, dass sogar ihre Lehrer nach wie vor Lerner sind, so gehen wir mit gutem Beispiel voran, dass das, was wir sagen, auch wichtig ist." Aserbaidschan kennt sich mit Veränderungen aus. Die ehemalige Sowjetrepublik feiert dieses Jahr ihre 25-jährige Unabhängigkeit. Dennoch haben einige alte Gewohnheiten aus dem sowjetischen Bildungssystem die Jahre überdauert. "Wir haben teilweise immer noch zu kämpfen, da einige Lehrkräfte noch so unterrichten, wie es zu Sowjetzeiten üblich war", so Chinara Nur, eine Ausbilderin von Lehrkräften beim ATDC. "Und genau da liegt das Problem. Man wird doch heutzutage auch nicht mehr von Ärzten operiert, deren Fachwissen noch auf dem Stand von vor 30 Jahren ist. Man will einen Chirurgen, der auf dem Laufenden ist, und dazu die modernsten Geräte. Das Gleiche gilt für Lehrkräfte und Klassenzimmer." Dass Unterrichten mit lebenslangem Lernen gleichzusetzen ist, betonte auch Parvana Guliyeva, die an der Europäisch-Aserbaidschanischen Schule in Baku Englisch unterrichtet. Sie wies nachdrücklich auf die dramatischen Veränderungen hin, die das Bildungswesen ihres Landes in den letzten 25 Jahren durchlaufen hat. "In meiner Kindheit unterrichteten die Lehrer auf traditionelle Weise. Das Klassenzimmer war sehr lehrerorientiert", erinnert sie sich. "Heute ist das ganz anders, weil unsere Klassenzimmer auf Schüler ausgerichtet sind. Die Lehrer sind praktisch unsichtbar und geben lediglich die Richtung vor."