Factors That Impact the Implementation of Virtual Literacy Coaching in the Eastern Caribbean
Gregory MacKinnon, Acadia University, Canada ; Terry-Ann Marsh-Roberts, Antigua State College, Antigua And Barbuda ; Yvonne Jones, T.A. Marryshow Community College, Grenada ; Delise Williams, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Saint Kitts And Nevis ; Ann Hamilton-Dopwell, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Community College, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines ; Colin King, Acadia University, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-37-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Coaching of teachers to implement literacy instruction using international best practice has been complicated in Eastern Caribbean Countries due to travel constraints and limited human resources. In an effort to mitigate this situation and respond to increasing need for teacher mentoring, a technology intervention study was piloted. Using communication technologies, virtual coaches offsite were provided access to audio/video of public-school classrooms. The coaches were able to leverage blue tooth technology to offer real time advice to teachers through worn headsets. Using a mixed methods approach and an action research stance, feedback was collected to ascertain system factors controlling the viability of such a model. While many unique regional issues were identified, internet bandwidth as well as suitability and sustainability of equipment emerged as primary concerns.
MacKinnon, G., Marsh-Roberts, T.A., Jones, Y., Williams, D., Hamilton-Dopwell, A. & King, C. (2019). Factors That Impact the Implementation of Virtual Literacy Coaching in the Eastern Caribbean. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1950-1958). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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