ERIC Number: ED478615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-11
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching with Technology: A Statewide Professional Development Program. Evaluation Report.
Ravitz, Jason; Mergendoller, John
Teaching with Technology (TWT) is a multi-year development program for Idaho teachers, funded and developed by the J.A. and Kathryn Alberston Foundation. TWT is a complement to the Opportunity 1 initiative that made educational technology available to Idaho schools. TWT provides intensive summer training workshops and offers support to teachers during the school year. TWT seeks to: increase teachers' knowledge and skills for working with new technology; and increase teachers' constructivist beliefs about teaching and learning. This report describes TWT's impact on teachers over the course of one academic year. Teachers' responses to a survey administered at three different times (i.e., prior to TWT summer workshops, immediately after the workshops, and ten months after the workshops) were examined. It was concluded that TWT had an impact on a large proportion of participating teachers--teachers reported substantial changes in their technology skills and in their beliefs about good teaching. It was also found that teachers participating in TWT very substantially increased their ability to use computer technology and somewhat shifted their conceptions of good teaching toward constructivism. Appended are: Teaching with Technology Survey, Wave 3; Who Participated in TWT and the Study?; Helpfulness of TWT Technology Fellows and Attitude Changes, by Wave 1 Pedagogical Beliefs and Technology Skills; Training Requests by Grade Level Taught, Changes from Wave 1 to Wave 3; Overall Changes in Constructivist Beliefs, Between Waves, Paired T-test Results; and Overall Changes in Technology Skills, Between Waves, Paired T-test Results. (Contains 10 endnotes, 6 references, and 6 tables.) (MES)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Workshops, Technology Uses in Education, Training
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Inc., Boise, ID.
Authoring Institution: Beryl Buck Inst. for Education, Novato, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho