Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
To serve teachers in distant, rural areas provides challenges for professional development that seeks lasting changes in practices. For the teachers, integration of technologies in classrooms involves the demands of technology knowledge, content knowledge, and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). Learning in communities offers promise in supporting teachers’ confidence and acceptance of new practices. This mixed-methods study reports on professional development follow-up carried out two ways. In one “traditional” model, thirty teachers were located in six school districts (averaging three teachers per school), with one superintendent-appointed “lead” administrator per district. In the second “community of practice” model, thirty teachers from two districts involved all of the mathematics and science teachers at two schools and two participant-teacher “coaches” per school. Teachers in the second model were less likely to need assistance from professional developers, more likely to teach a follow-up lesson, and more likely to continue with the project.
Blanchard, M., Grable, L. & Sharp, J. (2009). Scaffolding Technology Integration of Middle School Science and Mathematics: Comparing the Results of Two Models of Teacher Professional Development. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4015-4019). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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Ariella Levenberg & Avner Caspi, Open University of Israel, Israel
Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan 01, 2010) pp. 323–333
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