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The Gateway to Educational Materials: An Evaluation of an Online Resource for Teachers and an Exploration of User Behavior
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, , , University of Georgia, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 11, Number 1, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) provides an online, indexed database of lesson plans designed for teachers. This set of studies evaluates this resource and explores characteristics of teachers who use it. Specifically, the authors sought to determine if teachers possessed the technological skills needed to use The Gateway, and if they were successful in their quests for educational materials. Results of the study indicated that the participants tended to lack sufficient searching skills, and that novice Internet users among the teachers had particularly pronounced difficulties. These results suggest specific additions to teacher preparation programs and continuing education efforts.

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Fitzgerald, M.A., Lovin, V. & Maribe Branch, R. (2003). The Gateway to Educational Materials: An Evaluation of an Online Resource for Teachers and an Exploration of User Behavior. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 11(1), 21-51. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved January 25, 2020 from .

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