Online Self-directed Professional Development Courses for K-12 Math and Science Teachers
Rui Hu, Chris Thompson, Donna Whiting, Neva Rose, Jing Lin, Steven Taylor, Greg Mayer, The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing(CEISMC) at GA Tech, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Teachers’ professional development is not new, nor is online learning. Demands for online teacher professional development has rapidly increased in the past 25 years, with the proliferation of the Internet and information technology. According to the Wayfind 2011-2012 of Georgia teachers, k-12 teachers in math and science both recognized needs for professional development in certain content areas. In addition, the results also show the need for professional development in using technology in classroom teaching. Therefore, the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) and the Georgia Department of Education started developing a series of math and science online professional development courses since 2011. By the end of 2012, eight online professional development courses will be developed and ready for delivery. This brief paper endeavors to share tips, lessons, and experiences that have been learned during this process of development.
Hu, R., Thompson, C., Whiting, D., Rose, N., Lin, J., Taylor, S. & Mayer, G. (2013). Online Self-directed Professional Development Courses for K-12 Math and Science Teachers. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (p. 576). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).