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Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods


reviewed by Chareen Snelson August 08, 2006

coverTitle: Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods
Author(s): Chris Dede (Ed.)
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792733, Pages: 296, Year: 2006
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In recent years, virtual forms of teacher professional development have emerged as respectable alternatives to the quick workshop approaches often used for teacher training.  There are benefits associated with offering teacher professional development opportunities online that are similar to those found in other distance education programs. For example, online course schedules can be crafted to support busy teachers who need to participate in the evenings or on weekends when they are free from classroom responsibilities.  In addition to this convenience, teachers can gain access to programs, resources, and expertise that might otherwise be out of reach due to constraints imposed by distance.  When these benefits are combined with an exceptional model for online professional development, the potential for creating a high quality learning experience that accommodates hectic teacher work schedules is dramatically increased.       The possibilities for online teacher professional development are simultaneously intriguing and daunting.  When considering an online approach for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 08, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12651, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 1:35:54 AM

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  • Chareen Snelson
    Boise State University
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    CHAREEN SNELSON, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She designs and teaches online graduate-level courses geared toward teachers and others who are interested in educational technology. Dr. Snelson has previously worked as a science teacher in a rural, public middle school. Her current areas of interest include multimedia for e-learning, design-based research, instructional message design, project-based learning, and PHP programming to develop custom tools for online research. Recent publications include: Sampling the Web: The Development of a Custom Search Tool for Research published in LIBRES and Designing Dynamic Online Lessons with Multimedia Representations published in the Journal of Educators Online and reprinted in The ICFAI Journal of Higher Education.
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