Learning to teach with technology: Strategies for in-service professional development

This article describes and reports evaluation results for five key elements of the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project's inservice professional development program. The five elements are: (a) Technology Learning Coordinators (a mentoring system), (b) Minigrants (small local grants tied to a planning process for teachers), (c) Partnerships (partnering of teachers experienced with multimedia projects with novices), (d) Student Interviews (a project-wide organization for evaluating student projects), and (e) Multimedia Fairs (annual exhibitions of student multimedia projects). Each element could be used alone, but evidence suggests synergistic effects emerged when all five were used together. The program as a whole was successful in developing and disseminating effective strategies for technology use, and in finding a level of systemic support for teaching with technology that made strategic use of limited resources. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)

Cole, K., Simkins, M., & Penuel, W. R.
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 10(3), 431–455.
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