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ERIC Number: EJ808793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-27
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Sites Mimicking Social Networks Set Up for Staff Development
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v28 n1 p1, 18 Aug 2008
As support and professional-development opportunities for teachers begin to move from conference rooms to chat rooms, a burgeoning number of states and districts are drawing on features from course-management software and popular social-networking sites to establish online networks connecting teachers to peers who may live dozens or even hundreds of miles away. Conceptually, these teacher networks reflect the "learning team" approach to professional development, in which teachers at a school site seek feedback, glean new ideas, and reflect on instructional practices through discussions with their colleagues. To this, the online networking adds the ability for teachers to connect to peers at any time of the day or night, say experts familiar with the networks. In general, the networks connect novice teachers to others in their preparation classes, teachers who instruct in the same subject or grade level to one another, and teacher-mentors to colleagues--even when they are not located at the same schools. The sites facilitate online discussions, workshops, coaching, and collaborative study groups and work teams.
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Language: English
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