TAPPED IN is a Teacher Professional Development Institute which goes a long way in helping teachers find the time to participate in high-quality professional development activities.
It’s also a way of maintaining support for teachers after an institute or workshop and encouraging sustained interaction among participating teachers.
This is a teacher community where teachers with diverse interests, skills, and backgrounds can meet and learn from one another; where teachers can be exposed to not one but many education reform concepts and approaches; where teachers from across the country and world can find high-quality resources in minutes rather than hours.
How is this all done? By MUVE (multi-user virtual environment) technology. Although the technology sounds daunting, it’s really pretty amazing stuff. You don’t have to be a techno wizard to use it. MUVE combines the convenience of a chat room with the versatility of a real life classroom you can talk in real time, use a whiteboard, project notes, and even share URLs (Universal Resource Locators) to everyone in the room to see. There is an extensive FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section and extensive Help Guides and Tips to help you get the most out of your TAPPED IN experience.
With over 8,000 members made up of K-12 teachers, Staff Developers, Preservice Teachers, School Administrators, Education Researchers, Librarians and others, there’s a good chance you’ll learn something new and bring back a different perspective to your class and school.
Among the many organizations partnering with TAPPED IN and have their offices here are the following: The Math Forum, ICONnect (an initiative of the American Association of School Librarians), PALS (Performance Assessment Links in Science) , Lawrence Hall of Science, PBS Teacherline, NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) National Institute for Science Education and others.