Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The CoastLines Hybrid Professional Development Experience: A Panel Presentation
On Saturday, July 21, Steven Moore, Carol Burch, Teresa Casal, Peggy Foletta, Catherine Laroche, Jim Liptak, and Nat Smith will present "The CoastLines Hybrid Professional Development Experience: A Panel Presentation" at Esri's Education User Conference in San Diego. Over a three-year period, Science Approach's CoastLines project provided online and face-to-face professional development to 90 middle and high school teachers. Funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF’s) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, the project’s goal was to promote geospatial technologies as a tool for engaging middle and high school students in scientific explorations of coastal ecology at three sites in the NSF’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network. During the panel presentation, the six teacher participants will offer perspectives on what it was like to learn GIS in a hybrid professional development format. The purpose of the session will be to discuss changes that were made to the professional development format and identify the strategies that worked best.