TeacherLine To Provide Professional Development for FDE


01.25.2007—PBS TeacherLine is partnering with the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Instruction and Innovation. The partnership will provide Florida's educators with professional development through the state's Master Digital Educators program.

PBS TeacherLine's online professional development courses will be offered free to teachers in Florida's Master Digital Educators program, with funding provided by the Florida Department of Education. The Digital Educator program is designed to help teachers use instructional technology in ways that support project-based learning and require students to use "higher-order thinking skills."

Courses to be made available to educators include the ISTE Capstone Certificate Program and various courses in "instructional technology and instructional strategies, specifically designed to prepare teachers to facilitate online courses," according to PBS. The ISTE Capstone Certificate Program provides online courses to help teachers master the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETSoT). These courses will be offered through PBS member station WLRN in Miami, a PBS TeacherLine provider. Courses will be led by veteran teachers from Florida who have earned a master's degree and have been trained in online course facilitation and community-building.

The PBS/FDE partnership was discussed this morning during a keynote presentation at the FETC convention in Florida and will be discussed further in a session Jan. 26, "Florida Digital Educators," from 1:50 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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