ERIC Number: EJ943078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Avenues to Professional Learning Online: Technology Tips and Tools for Professional Development in Gifted Education
Little, Catherine A.; Housand, Brian C.
Gifted Child Today, v34 n4 p18-27 Oct 2011
The use of online methods for professional development activities is on the rise, with more schools exploring creative ways of providing teacher learning opportunities. Online professional development offers a promising direction for providing increased learning opportunities, promoting professional collaboration, and supporting teacher facility with technology resources. In gifted education, online activities may present effective ways of connecting gifted education professionals across multiple schools and districts and providing professional learning experiences in gifted education for colleagues in general education. In this article, the authors discuss key features of professional development and considerations for applying them in an online learning context. The authors emphasize the importance of coherence with the curriculum, active engagement, sustained attention, and administrative support. They then discuss five avenues or approaches for implementing online professional development, representing a range of interactive elements and opportunities for blending live and online components. Within each avenue presented, the authors share specific resources that would support implementation in the professional learning context.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Gifted, Online Courses, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Opportunities, Teacher Collaboration, Computer Mediated Communication, Video Technology, Teleconferencing, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Role
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