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Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2002

IU offers new online development system for K-12 teachers

The Indiana University School of Education has launched an innovative Web-based professional development system called the Learning to Teach with Technology Studio (http://www.ltts.org). LTTS contains online learning modules that guide teachers in designing technology-based projects to support student critical thinking and problem solving.

Recently, PBS TeacherLine licensed the use of 12 LTTS learning modules in their own professional development system. PBS also awarded a $225,000 grant to LTTS to develop video vignettes to enhance each of these modules.

LTTS modules, which are based on national technology standards, were developed by teachers with expertise in technology integration. Since LTTS is online, teachers can use it anytime and anywhere to earn graduate credit at IU or certification renewal unit credits in Indiana.

By partnering with the Public Broadcasting System's TeacherLine project, the University of Georgia, IMS Global Learning Consortium, and the University of Colorado at Denver, LTTS has been able to expand its reach to a range of in-service and pre-service teachers.

"Partnerships with schools, districts and universities are of critical importance to the expansion of LTTS, and we will continue to develop consortium partners in an effort to help teachers use technology to improve and extend student learning," said IU Professor Tom Duffy, the Barbara Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology and principal investigator for the LTTS project.

Development of LTTS is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships Program.