Probability Park A Database-backed On-line Professional Development Environment Targeting Standards-based School Reform
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AbstractThe State of Oregon is undergoing massive standards-based school reform. This has createdimmediate and wide spread professional development demands. We have piloted an on-line professionaldevelopment environment that targets probability and statistics standards and is designed to meet thesedemands in a scalable and cost effective fashion.The environment is called probability park and consists of four parts: a communication center, a set oflearning modules for teaching content, a resource room of classroom activities, and a verification institutethat takes teachers through the process of judging collections of student work against criterion-referencedstandards. This paper describes the structure of probability park both pedagogically and technologically.We show how we used specific technologies to achieve desired pedagogic ends.