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PROJECT SHARE: A SUPERORDINATE ONLINE RURAL COMMUNITY
Janet Capps, Sarah Howard, J. Michael Spector, Karen DeMeester and Jonathan McKeown
ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008
Project SHARE (Schools Helping to Advance Rural Education) is a three-year technology intervention funded by the US Department of Education. As part of this project, teachers in eight rural K-8 schools in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama were given access to a superordinate online rural community called the SHARE Web-portal. This Web-portal supports the projectís goal to expand teachersí ability to access and exchange information by providing space for each school community as well as the larger project community. Through the use of the Web-portal, communities of teachers at the school level can create a new community among all project teachers and across all project schools.
This paper focuses on teachersí behaviors, attitudes, and concepts regarding online information exchange. Teacher data collected through questionnaires and surveys will be used to make comparisons between teachersí attitudes and practices in their school-level or base-level communities and in the larger superordinate community established through the SHARE Web-portal. The four-tier pyramid of Hersberger, Murray, and Rioux (2007) will be used to evaluate the information sharing activities of the project teachers.
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