Virtual School Teaching: Establishing a Framework for K-12 Virtual School Professional Development Programs
Meredith DiPietro, Mark Sivy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
State-led K-12 virtual schools provide students access to online educational opportunities and serve the nation’s educational agenda by providing an additional option for enacting school choice legislation. Underlying the effectiveness and quality of course options offered by K-12 virtual schools are virtual school teachers. While existing programs effectively support virtual school teacher’s use of general online teaching practices, a current professional development need of virtual school teachers is the differentiation of pedagogic and technological strategies to meet varying content area and curricular goals. In this presentation a framework for understanding the content-specific pedagogic and technology practices used by virtual school teachers will be introduced and discussed in terms of its relevance for informing K-12 virtual school professional development programs.
DiPietro, M. & Sivy, M. (2011). Virtual School Teaching: Establishing a Framework for K-12 Virtual School Professional Development Programs. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3447-3453). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).