Join Us! Research Q and A with Justin Ellsworth: Wikis and Professional Development Best Practices

As the end of the school year draws near for many parts of the world, many educators are taking the time (if they can find it!) to reflect. We hope you can find the time to think about what you have learned this year and hope to build into your professional development (PD) and learning in the coming school year. Justin Ellsworth took this type of reflection to the next level, making it the focus of his own academic student from 2009 to 2011, and recently published the results below. 

Justin EllsworthJustin, a former high school science teacher, is now an instructional technology coordinator at Farmington Public Schools in Michigan, where he focuses on the integration of technology in teaching and learning. From 2009 to 2011, he researched how to best design technology training practices and measured their effects on teacher learning.

His study finds that “participation in PD that is sustained, student-centered, participatory, and supported by adequate resources can have a significant impact on teacher learning and practice about specific technologies.”

Based on our experiences with students and teachers over the past decade, we strongly agree with Justin, and hope you enjoy reading more about his methodology below. Originally shared in the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Journal of Research on Technology on Education (JRTE) in 2012, we are thrilled to have permission from ISTE to share it here on our blog for wiki users to integrate excellent training in their schools and districts.

Give it a read and let us know what you think and any questions you have for Justin! Feel free to share with us on Twitter @wikispaces or with the hashtag #wikipd. You can also join our ongoing TodaysMeet board and post down your question or connection here.

Some guiding questions for reading the research:

1) What are you currently doing for teacher training and professional development in technology at your school?

2) What ideas do you have to enhance it for the coming school year?

3) As a wiki user, which skills do you feel are most important to help teachers and students learn?

4) What is one quote that really resonated with you?

Join Justin and Wikispaces on Thursday, June 5th, at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern. Register here and get ready to be inspired!

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  1. Opara, Victoria
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree with Justin. Technology is very important for effective teaching and learning. As a 10th grade teacher I will make sure I use technology in all my lessons. It is also very helpful in classroom management. This course will really help me to do a better job. This is my first time to learn about Wiki and I want to use it in my classroom.

  2. Posted May 25, 2014 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read!!
    I absolutely loved every bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite to look at new things you post…

  3. Terry Consedine
    Posted May 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I. like the work Justin has done. I am also a teacher on sabbatical looking at how bringing you own device is enhancing formative Assessment to inform learning and differentiation. I am interested in how people are using devices to enhance learning. This is in. preparation for preparing a teacher learning programme
    . Any help wold be gratefully received.

  4. Nec
    Posted May 31, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! That is a fantastic idea. In my opinion is the way to teach today. Technology is a huge part of learning. Thanks I will attend for sure.

  5. Paul Beaufait
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the JRTE paper. I’m looking forward to reading it thoroughly.

    What are the chances that you’ll make a recording of the the live session with Justin, and posting it here afterwards on the Wikispaces Blog?

  6. Paul Beaufait
    Posted June 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the JRTE paper. I’m looking forward to reading it thoroughly.

    What are the chances that you’ll make a recording of the the live session with Justin, and post it here afterwards on the Wikispaces Blog?

  7. Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Wikispaces has allowed me to Integrate technology modeling the TPACK principles. It has proved to be useful and effective for teaching and learning.

  8. Posted June 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I am currently on my final stage of my Master’s thesis and I used the Wikispaces mostly to teach and collect the data for my thesis.

  9. Sean Adcroft
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry that I missed today’s webinar. I found your article quite interesting and had hoped to ask a question about teacher motivation. You noted that it is an under researched area within the topic of professional development. I agree. What, in your experience, have been the ways in which use of wikis have addressed teacher motivation?

    I hope the webinar was recorded. I was called away for a meeting at work and was not able to watch it live. I’d very much like to watch it.

  10. wendy
    Posted June 13, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks Sean! The recording is here:

    And great question– I encourage you to respond to @ellsworthj on Twitter so Justin can respond! I think in my own experience when teachers have freedom to explore and create and share, it equals more motivation, just like with our students!

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