June 2008 KCM Updates
The 2008 KySTE Conference and Workshops offers 3 days of fantastic learning opportunities for teachers, leaders and technology support personnel. Sessions are designed around 3 strands: technical, instructional, and leadership. Join us this year June 11, 12 and 13 at Crossroads Elementary in Cold Spring, KY. Early registration is open through May 16. Now is the time to take advantage of the KY Society for Technology in Education Summer Conference! You can find out more information at http://kyste.org/conference.
Featured Speakers:Mike Ribble, co-author of Digital Citizenship , John Draud, KY Commissioner of Education, Greg Palmer, MAGPI Executive Director
Posted April 30, 2008Online Professional Development Research Study: 5th and 8th Grade Math Teachers
Boston College is conducting a research study as part of a US Department of Education Ready to Teach grant, the e-Learning for Educators Initiative. The primary goal of the overall initiative is to establish an effective and sustainable model of online professional development for teachers. Part of the initiative involves conducting a large-scale research study which will evaluate the effects of online professional development on teacher knowledge, teacher practices, and student achievement.
We invite all 5th grade Math and 8th grade Math teachers of traditional classrooms to participate in this study! The study spans three school semesters (Spring 2007, Fall 2007, and Spring 2008). Participating teachers will be randomly assigned to either the experimental group or the control group. Some details are listed below and all details can be found at our website: http://www.bc.edu/efe
Teachers assigned to the experimental group will participate in a series of three online professional development workshops, free of charge. These workshops were specifically designed for this study, focus on both content knowledge and pedagogical practices, and offer information and techniques that you can directly apply in the classroom. The workshops are targeted towards subjects where students tend to struggle and are based on state and national standards. Teachers completing the workshops are eligible for graduate credits. Teachers assigned to the control group will also have access to these same courses, free of charge, once the study completes (June 2008).
Teachers in both the experimental group and the control group will also take a series of online surveys and administer a series of online tests to their students. Teachers receive instant feedback about student performance from these tests, which can be used to inform future instruction. Additionally, teachers will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of all surveys and tests.
We support your efforts to improve teacher quality and student learning and strongly encourage you to participate. The workshops begin in May and July, and the first round of surveys and tests must be completed before the workshops begin, so sign up now! Please visit the research study website for more information or to register for the study http://www.bc.edu/efe
Posted May 4, 2007