Flexibly Adaptive Professional Development for Teaching Science with Geospatial Technology
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Trautman, N. & MaKinster, J. (2008). Flexibly Adaptive Professional Development for Teaching Science with Geospatial Technology. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 4791-4805). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 3, 2008
Karen McFerrin, Roberta Weber, Roger Carlsen & Dee Anna Willis
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Geospatial technology holds great potential for enabling students to learn science through exploration of environmental issues from local to global scales. However, implementing classroom projects that make effective use of geospatial technology is a daunting process. Teachers must become comfortable with use of various technological options and adept at deciding how to use them to meet their pedagogical goals. They also must troubleshoot a wide range of problems related to installing software, downloading data, and acquiring administrative approval for uses of technologies that have not yet become mainstream in U.S. schools. Effective professional development in support of teacher-designed geospatial technology curriculum projects must provide the flexibility necessary to meet individual teacher needs while providing technological skills and curricular support. This paper presents approaches implemented in the GIT Ahead project along with evidence of teacher success in gaining needed skills and applying geospatial technology in their science teaching.
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