There has been plenty of efforts to create virtual environments for students. But what about making an environment where teachers can learn and practice the skills they need for the classroom?
Enter an University of Central Florida project called TeachLivE™. This is a virtual class room in which a teacher can practice new skills. It is used by pre-service and in-service teachers in ten Universities across the United States.
“We developed a synergistic research agenda across the ten universities, with a focus on supporting new and practicing teachers; using our “virtual classroom” to target effective teaching behaviors. ”
A research project called ‘Measures of Effective Teaching’ supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is used to help create a template for the environment.
Maybe we will see it travel to the UK sometime.