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Closing the Distance: Online Learning for Rural Mathematics Teachers
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, Montana State University, United States ; , University of Montana, United States ; , Lisa Scott Mathematics Education Consulting, LLC, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

A series of online learning modules form the foundation for an innovative and technology-based approach to school-based professional learning for K-8 mathematics teachers, particularly in rural areas. A unique combination of self-paced, asynchronous structure, instructor facilitation, collaboration with peers, and access to online resources is proving to be an effective means of bringing professional learning to teachers in the school setting. We describe how online modules, blending original material with high-quality Common Core resources from other states and organizations, engage teachers in actively learning mathematics, using standards to guide instruction, and bringing the Mathematical Practices to life in the classroom. Analysis includes how the modules contribute to a blended and school-based approach to professional learning; a review of current challenges, findings, and lessons learned; and discussion of the challenges surrounding professional development in rural states.

Citation

Luebeck, J., Cobbs, G. & Scott, L. (2015). Closing the Distance: Online Learning for Rural Mathematics Teachers. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 55-60). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 20, 2019 from .

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