Apprenticeships in Cyberspace: Professional Development Model for the Emergent Technologies of 3D Modeling
2001 to 2004

Apprenticeships in Cyberspace is an effort by the University of Georgia's Learning Performance and Support Laboratory (UGA) to develop and refine a model of teacher professional development that uses emerging three-dimensional modeling technology. CCT evaluated the program. In the program, teachers learn about science, pedagogy and technology in a weeklong professional development seminar, and then work with learners in innovative science camps at Fernbank Science Center and the Atlanta Zoo. They reflect on the experience through a collaborative research project that involves observing, video taping and creating video cases of students' learning and their own teaching. The program focuses on three fundamental knowledge domains: science (planetary motion and gorilla behavior), pedagogy (modeling-based inquiry) and technology (three-dimensional virtual reality).

In our research, we employed teacher surveys, participant observations and teacher interviews to assess how well the program meets its objectives.


Margaret Honey (PI)
Lauren Goldenberg