If professional development is understood to be teachers’professional learning, then authentic professional development occurs when we actively learn—and reflect on that learning, both individually and collaboratively—as we teach. What might characterize authentic learning for teachers—especially as it applies to using Internet tools and resources in the classroom? A series of research studies we have been doing provides some interesting insights into and potential answers to this question.
Harris, J., & Grandgenett, N. (2002). Teachers' authentic e-learning. Learning & Leading with Technology, 30(3), 54-58.