Virtual School Meanderings

January 9, 2012

Your Scholarship Is Now Available

I received this message about a week or so ago.  See below for the relevance…

Dear Professor Barbour,

Greetings! I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to you today with exciting news! We have just received copies from the initial print run of Developing Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs in our warehouse, and orders are now being filled! We are excitedly anticipating the book’s success and anxiously awaiting its positive response in the academic community.

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New Release: Developing Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs

Hershey, PA – January 2, 2012 – Though technology is expanding at a rate that is alarming to many skilled laborers concerned for the welfare of their industry and jobs, teachers should feel safe in their position; however, teachers who refuse to adapt to technology will be left behind.

Edited by Drew Polly, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA; Clif Mims, University of Memphis, USA; Kay A. Persichitte, University of Wyoming, USA, IGI Global’s newest release, Developing Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues offers professional teacher educators a rare opportunity to harvest the thinking of pioneering colleagues spanning dozens of universities, and to benefit from the creativity, scholarship, hard work, and reflection that led them to the models they describe. Contributors from 32 universities from around the world came together as authors of case studies, methodologies, research, and modeling to produce the work that went into this reference work. The target audience for this book includes faculty, leaders, teacher educators, and administrators within higher institution and every level of education.

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Content Area and Methods Knowledge and Technology

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Technology Acceptance Model

Web 2.0 for Collaboration

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I have a chapter in this book entitled “Training Teachers For A Virtual School System” with an abstract that reads:

Online learning at the K-12 level is growing at exponential rates. Students learning in supplemental virtual schools and full-time cyber schools, using a variety of delivery models that include and sometimes combine independent, asynchronous and synchronous instruction, in almost every state in the U.S.. In some instances the knowledge, skills and abilities required by teachers in this technology-mediated environment is consistent with what they learned about face-to-face teaching in their teacher education programs; while in many instances the two are quite different. Presently the lack of empirical research into effective K-12 online teaching limits teacher education programs. However, teacher education programs still need to better prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to design, deliver and support students engaged virtual schooling.

Check it out…

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