Title: Interactive learning at a distance: technology integration training for pre-service and in-service teachers

Authors: Lisa S. Dillinger

Addresses: Lake County School Board, 201 W. Burleigh Blvd. Tavares, FL 32788, USA

Abstract: This paper discusses a practicum that was designed to provide instruction in technology integration for pre-service and in-service k-12 educators without traditional meeting time. Opportunities for face-to-face instruction were unavailable because classroom facilities with internet/multimedia capabilities were not accessible due to the lack of funding. Content for the online course was established through the use of a needs assessment survey and questionnaire, six textbooks, three websites, and a try-out learning experience (an activity similar to a test drive of an automobile). The writer developed an outcome based online delivery system promoting the use of technology in classrooms for in-service and pre-service teachers offered regardless of time and place. Pre-service and in-service teachers interacted with an instructor and each other via asynchronous communication (e-mail, electronic bulletin boards, web pages, and video tapes) and synchronous communication (audio conferencing). In-service students received credit that could be used for state recertification, while pre-service students received three hours of college credit. A CD-ROM disk with one multimedia software application and tutorial was distributed.

Keywords: technology integration; staff development; in-service and pre-service training; internet usage; online services; web based instruction

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2000.000360

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2000 Vol.10 No.1/2/3/4, pp.189-201

Published online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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