Monday, February 6, 2012

Front-Loaded Confidence: Hybrid Professional Development Promotes Implementation in an NSF-ITEST Geospatial Technologies Project  

2010 CoastLines Participants
In a virtual brief paper to be presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Science Approach and its collaborators report on the benefits of front-loading Webinars in CoastLines, a hybrid professional development project for middle school and high school teachers. According to authors Steven Moore, Jenny Brady, Don Haviland, William Moore, and Allison Whitmer, front-loaded Webinars were effective in helping teachers feel prepared to use technology in their classrooms and, by fostering greater feelings of preparedness, led to greater implementation of geographic information systems in the classroom. Qualitative and quantitative results reported in the paper indicate that front-loaded Webinars were effective in promoting feelings of preparation and community. Complementing the Webinar format used by CoastLines was a detailed specification of outcomes in an online checklist. The checklist was well accepted by participants and appears to have resulted in greater feelings of comfort with the professional development effort.

CoastLines was funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.

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This material is based on work supported by the NSF under grant number 0737706. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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