An Effective Model for Professional Development in Using Technology to Learn
Robert E. Hollon, Susan R. McIntyre, Mona C. Majdalani, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The Virtual Learning Technology Community (VLTC) is a collaborative technology professional development model that supports k-12 students, k-12 teachers, university faculty, university preservice teachers, and instructional technology staff developers at local service agencies. The mission of the VLTC is to establish and support a community of regional institutions actively engaged in using existing and emerging technologies to support learning by all members. The vision of the VLTC is to provide assistance to additional PK-12 schools seeking support for improving the use of technology to help students develop competence in [a] finding and evaluating information and ideas, [b] using available learning tools, and [c] communicating effectively. The VLTC has impacted 400 teachers in 27 schools, 6,000 students, and 20 preservice interns. The long-term impact of the model is enhanced by dissemination activities, archiving and sharing successful strategies and institutionalizing essential support structures.
Hollon, R.E., McIntyre, S.R. & Majdalani, M.C. (2000). An Effective Model for Professional Development in Using Technology to Learn. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 661-665). Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).