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ERIC Number: ED498763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-28
Pages: 132
Abstractor: Author
ISBN: ISBN-1-5788-6665-0ISBN-978-1-5788-6665-6
Technology as a Catalyst for School Communities: Beyond Boxes and Bandwidth
Burns, Mary; Dimock, K. Victoria
Rowman & Littlefield Education
This book tells the story of how three disparate schools handle the many challenges of integrating technology into their classrooms. Teachers and administrators alike will share familiar feelings as they watch the professional learning communities progress toward the change that makes an enormous difference in how they teach and learn from each other and their students. This book provides an attainable approach for educators to create their own communities of practice for the purposes of school improvement. The case studies illustrate how administrators and teachers work together to find solutions to the best ways to integrate technology in the classroom. In the process, through their collaborative work, they discover that they learned much more than the technical skills they first thought would be the focus of their common inquiry. In creating their communities of practice, the isolation of the classroom is removed, new ways of thinking and doing are embraced, and they learn how to learn again. As the teachers reach out to their peers and students, giving and receiving support in a cooperative learning endeavor, a new enthusiasm permeates their schools. This book is organized into the following chapters: (1) Applying Technology to Restructuring Learning; (2) Teacher-Centered Professional Development; (3) Technology: A Catalyst for Change; (4) From Old Guard to Vanguard: Veteran Teachers as Leaders of Communities of Practice; (5) Building a Vision: Toward an Intentional Community of Practice; (6) No Matter What: Leadership and Communities of Practice; and (7) Conclusion: Change and Communities of Practice.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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