During the Virtual School Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona, Wisconsin eSchool Network provided a session on designing professional development that would provide learning opportunities to engage an educator’s creative and reflective capacities in ways that would strengthen their teaching practice by changing the way teachers think and teach.
Some of the tools mentioned for collaboration and authoring were:
- Elluminate Live! - allows a user to have conversations over the Internet that supports a multiple platforms and low-bandwidth connectivity providing real-time online interaction and collaboration.
- Basecamp - a client project management tool that keeps information centralized from an easy accessible location for everyone involved in a particular project.
- Google Docs - a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentations and form application offered by Google. Users can create and edit document online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Documents can be shared, opened and edited by multiple users at the same time.
- Lectora – authoring software available for creating and delivering interactive multimedia content such as web-based courses.
The Wisconsin eSchool Network provides online, face-2-face, cohorts and hybrid workshops with interactivity that are lightly facilitated, independent study opportunities for teacher.
The major elements of the model for teachers who teach online courses:
- Repository of lessons, activities and resources for teachers
- Individual modules through full courses for teachers
- Differentiation within lessons and activities
The staff development courses offered by the model include:
- Online Facilitation: Taming the World of Online Learning
- Investigating the World of Online Learning
- Taking Flight: Teaching Online Using Educator
The Just in Time model was designed by Wisconsin to further meet the needs of staff development to prepare teachers to teach online courses.
To learn more: http://www.wisconsineschool.net/