Skills acquired by teachers in virtual learning communities
Lenise Garcia, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
We discuss in this article skills acquired by teachers in virtual learning communities, specially directed to Environmental Education objectives. The participants of the virtual communities acquired technical skills and computer literacy. Writing and communication skills, interactivity, and the development of self-related attributes are important to work in the online environment and are gradually developed by them.Many of them have begun, albeit slowly in some cases, to integrate technology into their own classrooms. The participation in the virtual group promoted students' involvement in cooperative learning and it also increased their interest in environmental problems. The boarding of Environmental Education themes can't be done purely by conceptual development, but implies necessarily the values and attitudes development. We think virtual learning communities are nowadays the best environment to exchange divergent points of view.
Garcia, L. (2003). Skills acquired by teachers in virtual learning communities. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 344-345). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).