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Volume 27, Number 1
January/February 2011

Like Teacher, Like Student

Online PD helps teachers learn to collaborate so their students will, too


Lauren Kenney (center), a technology teacher in Fremont, N.H., takes and teaches courses through Open NH, one of a number of new online professional development websites.

In Robbinsville, N.J., fourth-grade teacher Linda Biondi helps teachers share and critique each other’s essays on the National Writing Project’s digital writing websites. Back in the classroom, she works with her students to do the same thing—encouraging each other to dig deeper within themselves for details as they master their writing skills.

Meanwhile, middle school teachers in Arizona work together via a video link, sharing materials, ideas, and feedback as they learn how to teach a new community problem-solving unit on highway safety, uploading their finished unit materials to a state-sponsored portal. As part of the unit, students in these teachers’ classrooms engage in similar collaborative activities, uploading their finished work to the district’s website.

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For Further Information

For Further Information

L.M. O’Dwyer et al. e-Learning for Educators: Effects of Online Professional Development on Teachers and Their Students. Chestnut Hill, MA: Technology and Assessment Study Collaborative (InTASC), 2010.