First, the alert for virtual school.
1. TI- Teachers’ perceptions of the benefits of online instruction for students with special educational needs.
AU- Marteney, Tina
AU- Bernadowski, Carianne
JN- British Journal of Special Education
PD- Jun2016, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p178-194
IL- 1 Chart
AB- This article discusses the perceptions of ‘virtual’ teachers with regard to the benefits of online education for students with special educational needs. Surveys were distributed to teachers from one educational management company about their experiences of teaching in asynchronous (self-paced) virtual school classrooms. The survey responses revealed the following findings: online education has made it easier for students with limitations to access learning activities; improvements have been made in student academic performance; students have had success with asynchronous (self-paced) education; student motivation has increased; and more individualised support has been available. Even though these results focused on positive outcomes, some negative perceptions were also recorded. These included discrepancies related to cyber-bullying in asynchronous learning programmes, matters related to student accommodations, and problems associated with student use of online classroom resources. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of British Journal of Special Education is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
KW- online instruction
KW- special education
KW- teachers’ perceptions
Next, I also received the alert for cyber school, but there were no relevant items.
Finally, the alert for K-12 online learning this week.
1. TI- Improving K-12 Online Learning: Information Literacy Skills for Teacher Candidates.
AU- Ntuli, Esther1
AU- Kyei-Blankson, Lydia2
JN- International Journal of Information & Communication Technology Education
PD- Jul-Sep2016, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p38-50
AB- Research indicates the need for teachers to be able to locate, evaluate, and use Internet resources in their teaching and learning processes. In addition, the Common Core State Standards require that students are able to think critically and know how to search and use alternative views and perspectives in their assignments. These skills are imperative for teachers and teacher candidates. This article reports the results of a study that sought to examine strategies used by teacher candidates when using Internet search engines, their ability to integrate the information they find into their own assignments, and use the acquired skills for future classroom use. The study employed a mixed-method approach in the collection and analysis of data gathered from a sample of 45 teacher candidates. Data sources included a survey, class assignments that required documentation of the search process as well as the located sources, and semi-structured interviews. Findings from the study revealed the need to teach teacher candidates how to conduct searches effectively, critically evaluate the sources, and integrate the information acquired from the online sources into professional and academic writing that models such behavior for their students. Suggestions for improvement of practice offered in this paper were piloted in one instructional technology course. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of International Journal of Information & Communication Technology Education is the property of IGI Global and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
DE- DISTANCE education
DE- INFORMATION literacy
SU- ENGLISH teachers
SU- ENGLISH language — Study & teaching
SU- COMMON Core State Standards (Education)
KW- Common Core State Standards Critical Thinking Skills
KW- Information Literacy
KW- Instructional Technology
KW- Search Operators
KW- Web Evaluation
AD- 1Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USA
AD- 2Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA