GLOBALIZING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: THE EVALUATION OF A COLLABORATIVE COMPUTER-MEDIATED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Issues in Information Systems
Does long-term professional development in educational technology impact teachers' integration of technology in the classroom? According to a recently published 5-year study, the answer is "Yes!" This paper presents the evaluation results of a threeyear, hybrid professional development program established through an innovative partnership between an East Texas school district and and a South Texas university that are 500 miles apart. The report revealed that more than 350 teachers who
... chers who participated in the professional development program, significantly increased their integration of technology and utilized research-based instructional strategies to enhance student learning. Based on its success, the program serves as a conceptual model for collaboratives between school districts and institutions of higher education that maximize resources and transcend distance for the delivery of effective professional development and continuing education for classroom teachers.