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Embedding Spatial Technology in a Field-Based Science Education Course for Teachers PROCEEDINGS

, , , The University of Montana, United States ; , , Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, United States ; , Northwest Regional Educaional Laboratory, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The Paleo Exploration Project (PEP) is an NSF-ITEST professional development program for K-12 teachers from rural, eastern Montana. The program focuses on the application of geospatial technologies and scientific inquiry to the study of the geologic history of eastern Montana. Teachers received instruction in relevant geosciences and geospatial technologies through a series of two-day workshops, and hands-on research experience during week-long, residential, summer institutes. The institutes were also attended by middle school students, providing teachers an opportunity to explore technology-embedded, inquiry-based learning with students, and to further their own teaching expertise. Evidence of the effectiveness of the program was developed through post-workshop surveys, written reflections, and teacher interviews conducted by an external evaluator. Conclusions and recommendations for programs of this nature are discussed.

Citation

Almquist, H., Blank, L., Crews, J., Gummer, E., Hanfling, S. & Yeagley, P. (2009). Embedding Spatial Technology in a Field-Based Science Education Course for Teachers. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 3708-3713). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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