Share Paper: The Pathway to Nevada’s Future Project: Evaluating Two Years of Online Professional Development

  1. Peter Schrader, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States
  2. Neal Strudler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States
  3. Loretta Asay, Clark County School District, United States
Tuesday, March 6 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Capitol B

Abstract: There remains a gap between what students are expected to do in a global, knowledge-based society and what they are trained to do (Apple, 2007; Gee, 2006; PIP, 2008). Numerous efforts have been undertaken to address this, including professional development initiatives that introduce relevant tools and pedagogies. This paper reports findings associated with a two-year professional development project involving middle school technology (e.g., laptops, mobile devices, software, etc.). All training was delivered in a collaborative, online form across a geographically and socially diverse state. Results suggest that the project positively impacted participants’ attitudes, self-efficacy, and ratings associated with their technological, ...