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January 15, 2019

Article Notice – Surveying The National Landscape Of Online Teacher Training In K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs

Similarly, I also don’t know how this came across my electronic desk near the end of last week, but it did.  I’m not sure if I have posted this before, but I figured twice wouldn’t be a problem if I had.

2018. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2018.1498040. Online teaching and learning and the need for qualified online teachers are on the rise across the United States. Currently, the majority of teacher preparation programs do not formally prepare teacher candidates to teach online. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the ways teacher preparation programs are responding to the increasing need for K-12 teachers to be proficient in online teaching. A web-based, national survey gathered data from 215 participants, mainly deans and associate deans. Participants recognized the need for online teaching, but reported there are too many state requirements from their traditional teacher preparation programs leaving limited or no room to incorporate new curriculum on online and blended teaching methods. While undergraduate teacher preparation programs have limited or no room for other courses or initiatives, deans of graduate programs were generally more likely to support the inclusion of graduate degrees, optional courses, and/or certificates that prepare teacher candidates to teach online. Implications for teacher education are discussed.

Article Notice – Synchronous Teaching Techniques From The Perspective And Observation Of Virtual High School Teachers: An Investigative Study

I don’t know how, but this came across my electronic desk near the end of last week.  I’m not sure if I have posted this before, but I figured twice wouldn’t be a problem if I had.

  • July 2018
  • International journal of information and communication technology education: an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association 14(3):55-67
  • DOI:
  • 10.4018/IJICTE.2018070105
This article describes how there are specific tools and techniques used by teachers in synchronous live-virtual classroom environments. Those items were investigated in this article. Data was collected from semi-structured, one-on-one interviews conducted with a purposeful sample of twelve identified “highly-qualified” teachers at a cyber charter school in Pennsylvania that administered mandatory online synchronous class sessions. Additional data was collected through observations of each participant in their recorded archived “synchronous live” class sessions. The results of the study detailed the use of tools and techniques in regard to engagement, assessment and classroom management.


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January 14, 2019

Registration Closing Soon for January Online Courses – Challenges for Computational Thinkers: Robotics, Coding, Makerspaces

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8+ Ways to Bring Robotics to Your Classroom
Sean Arnold is a NYC District 75 special educator and STEM coach. He provides a video-rich guided tour of robotics. You will see a selection of programmable robots that will get you thinking. (Isn’t that what it’s all about?)

“Perhaps…, you are like me and grew up enjoying R2-D2 and Short Circuit and you relish the opportunity to drive student engagement through computer science in the classroom in a way that is physical and tangible for students.”

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Daniel Fusch writes, “This generation of students has an entrepreneurial and creative spirit. We just need to create the spaces—innovation centers, makerspaces, academic incubators—that foster their learning and growth as young entrepreneurs.”

Makerspaces are finding homes in K-12 libraries and media centers. But where does ‘maker’ culture fit in higher education? This article delves into to the entrepreneurial space young ‘makers’ crave.

Mindstorms: what did Papert argue and what does it mean for learning and education? by Andy J. Ko
Ground your understanding of makerspaces, computational thinking, coding, robotics and constructionist learning with this synopsis of Seymour Papert’s brilliant and challenging book Mindstorms. Professor Ko provides context and insight that will help you see the timeline of ideas that started it all.

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