(Watch for partnership announcements later this winter.) * Professional development opportunities for individual teachers working to address specific needs, or who need documented learning experiences to meet continuing education requirements.
ONLINE EDuCATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING cases. Students are honing research skills feedback to one another, gain perspec- power of a space shuttle versus the power while seeking out the information needed tives on issues, and have more information of the cell phone they own. Ask them to to perform their assignments. to work with. It has been said that cell write their thoughts about the possibilities Students can join blogs pertinent to phones currently marketed have more the future holds, whether they would get the subject they are learning, and can technological power than what it took to on one of those shuttles armed with the create blogs to inform teachers and fellow send the NASA shuttle to space and back. information they found, and have students students of their learning. Sharing blogs Incidentally, this is an excellent question provide the URLs to their findings. This within the class allows students to provide to pose to students. Have them find out the will create in the class an interactive dialogue among students and the instruc- tor: What does that mean for students and teachers with that power in their hands? Online Learning Center Debuts New Resource What sort of assignments can be created for Business/Marketing Teacher Prep in real time as technology improves? The Role of Social Media By JAMES GLEASON Facebook is becoming the number one site Schools are increasingly challenged to find partnership announcements later this for people to connect. A teacher can build qualified business and marketing teachers for winter.) a Facebook page primarily for a class, local career and technical education (CTE) • Professional development opportunities or for a selection of classes. Students can programs. With traditional teacher preparation for individual teachers working to ad- answer teacher-led questions, respond to programs in decline, local districts have turned dress specific needs, or who need one another and build cohesiveness in yet to business practitioners who are eligible for documented learning experiences to another way. Students may get to know special (usually temporary) certifications and meet continuing education require- each other well enough that they become licensures. Although effective in meeting imme- ments. friends. The teacher controls the content diate employment needs, the challenges remain of what is put on the Facebook page, so of helping new teachers understand the unique The center’s modular design allows both there is no real concern for inappropri- aspects of business administration standards, colleges and individual students to build ate subject matter. And students who use curricula, pedagogy (including CTSOs) and custom programs to best fit specific needs. Facebook use it all the time. This is a program structures. To addr
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