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Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning Environments. DR. Paul Resta, U. of Texas, Austin Jarl Jonas, Blackboard Inc Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Welcome and Introductions. Jarl Jonas Sr. Program Manager CourseSites - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Preparing Teachers to Teach in Online and Blended Learning EnvironmentsDR. Paul Resta, U. of Texas, AustinJarl Jonas, Blackboard Inc

Wednesday, March 9, 2011Welcome and IntroductionsJarl Jonas jarl.jonas@blackboard.comSr. Program ManagerCourseSites

My Lifelong Learning Journey

K12 Teacher, FL & NJFaculty Dev. Coord., NYUDir. Virtual College & Corp. Learning , NYUConsulting Manager, BbProgram Manger, CourseSites by Bb

#CourseSites is a fully hosted, online course creation and facilitation service for high school teachers and higher education instructors. A Call to ActionThe Need to Keep UpWhat is CourseSites?CourseSites DemonstrationCreate an AccountCreate a CourseInvite StudentsSet-up Home PageResourcesQuestions

Agenda#Prepare teachers to teach in online and blended learning environments.

Virtual schools, online courses, and blended learning environments (face-to-face and online) have grown exponentially across the country in recent years and this trend will continue well into the future. Few, however, are learning to teach online classes. Twenty-first Century educators must get training and experience in online and blended learning environments as part of their educator development programs so that they master the skills to teach in such environments.A Call to Action or full-time online learning opportunities are available to at least some students in 48 of the 50 states plus Washington, DC.

27 states, as well as Washington, DC, have statewide full-time online schools.

38 states have state virtual schools or state-led online initiatives, and Alaska is planning to open a statewide online learning network in 2011.

Many virtual schools show annual growth rates between 20% and 45%.

75% of school districts had one or more students enrolled in an online or blended learning course.

72% of school districts with distance education programs planned to expand online offerings in the coming year.

Source: Need to Keep Up

# for Free ResourcesSchool budgets are under pressureand many teachers are opening their own wallets as well as turning to free resources.

Source: Deepening Connections: Teachers Increasingly Rely on Media and Technology PBS and GRUNWALD ASSOCIATES LLC, 2011# is CourseSites?Presentation ToolsContent-Based ToolsDistribution ToolsCommunication ToolsProductivity Tools

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