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Title: A Comprehensive Strategy for Internet-in-Education Teacher Professional Development
Url: http://www.techknowlogia.org/welcome.asp?IssueNumber=18
Creator: Friedman, Edward A.
Description: Users of the World Wide Web have proliferated with incredible speed. Within less than three years from its origin in 1994, Netscape software was installed on more than 40 million computers! In 2002, everyone has heard of the Internet and the Web, many have experienced it, and schools around the world are seeking connectivity. School connections are increasing at a rapid pace. However, teacher professional development on subject matter classroom applications of this technology is not keeping pace.

Too often, unrealistic expectations prevail. Many, including leaders of educational organizations and of high tech companies, hold the mistaken belief that a teacher with classroom Internet connectivity, who is capable of engaging in web search, will implement improved instructional practices. In reality, the Web can be a confusing domain. Searches can yield a bewildering array of possibilities. Untutored teachers can easily engage in counter productive Internet-based initiatives. Teachers are also vulnerable to the use of incorrect information in their web-based lessons.

The thought that teachers with connectivity, whose training has only dealt with web related tools, are likely to generate exciting new curriculum materials is naive. It is akin to an expectation that a teacher with a computer and word processing skills is likely to generate a great new textbook. Some will, but the percentage is small. The fact that early adopters of new technologies often have succeeded in creating wonderful educational materials obscures the fact that the vast majority of teachers need guidance and ongoing assistance as they venture into new technology-supported territory.

Target Audience: 2-4 Year College Faculty/Administrators
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Curriculum
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Technology. Information technology
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Teaching (Principles and practice) -- Instructional systems -- Instructional systems design
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Collection (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Format: html
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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