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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2005
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Ian Gibson, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber & Dee Anna Willis
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A study involving 124 master's degree students, all of them K-12 teachers, shows that teachers rose to the challenge, regardless of their level of technology expertise, when the major assignment of an online course was transformed from writing a traditional paper to developing an inquiry-based, interactive (HTML) research activity. Teacher reflections indicate that a series of interactive reading exercises that laid the foundation for the HTML development task were essential to the formulation of a guiding question for inquiry. As reported in previous research, the teachers' experience confirms that the following factors are important for success in this collaborative endeavor: preparation for collaboration, monitoring and active feedback, and planned reflection. This paper describes the interactive reading and research exercises that laid the foundation for the successful development of the teachers' own interactive research activities and selectively reports how the teachers plan to create interactive learning experiences in their classrooms.