In forty states, millions of students in K-12 public schools are taking at least one course online, according to a new report. Due to budget cuts and busy schedules, administrators are also turning to the Internet for professional development training. Online professional development not only cuts back on travel time and cost, it also expands the administrator’s network from the confinement of a district or state to districts and states in the entire nation.
Some of the online resources available to administrators are podcasts, online classes, and social networks. Even though the use of online resources for administrators is spreading, experts believe it’s most effective to use a blend of face-to-face and online professional development.
“No matter what, we’re social animals, and we’re always going to need to have face-to-face interaction with other people,” said Stephanie Hirsch, the executive director of Learning Forward. “The most highly productive communities” are those “that use both [online and face-to-face] venues.”
At LifeBound we offer face-to-face academic coaches training to help people grow personally and professionally. We also offer online resources such as blogs for educators, parents, and students and live webinars on our website at www.lifebound.com. If you are interested in learning more about the professional development programs we offer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
Have you ever received online professional development? What did you think?
“Administrators Go Online to Share Ideas, Learn New Skills,” by Katie Ash. 24 October 2011. Education Week. 26 October 2011. <http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/26/09edtech-admin.h31.html?tkn=RTCEU27uFjhP7l36ltjR6vE717nlNwZ3VOBs&cmp=clp-sb-ascd>
“Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S.” by Gene V. Glass, Kevin G. Welner, and Justin Bathon. 25 October 2011. NECP. Accessed on 26 October 2011. <http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/online-k-12-schooling>