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Ready Teacher One: Virtual and Augmented Reality Online Professional Development for K-12 School Teachers

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School of Natural Sciences, University of Patras, Rion, 26504 Patras, Greece
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School of Humanities, Hellenic Open University, 26335 Patras, Greece
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Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Rion, 26504 Patras, Greece
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Faculty of Economics and Management, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia 2220, Cyprus
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Academic Editor: Paolo Bellavista
Computers 2021, 10(10), 134; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100134
Received: 30 August 2021 / Revised: 23 September 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 17 October 2021
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two technologies with the potential to enhance learning quality by activating episodic student memory. In this manuscript we outline the pedagogical benefits of AR and VR as well as the rationale, design, development, and pilot evaluation results from an in-service teacher online professional development program (OPD) on AR and VR linked with research activities. More specifically, we examined the “Augmented and Virtual Reality in Teaching and Learning” OPD course aimed at K-12 educators in a European country combining pedagogically informed methods such as inquiry-based learning and digital storytelling. Findings from a mixed-method research using questionnaires and focus groups indicate that AR- and VR-based pedagogical scenarios can be integrated effectively into everyday school teaching practice. The study also outlines implications and limitations that policy makers, education leaders, and educators need to consider for efficient institution-wide deployment of AR and VR technologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: augmented reality; virtual reality; teacher professional development; online professional development; distance learning; flipped learning; research-based education; K-12 augmented reality; virtual reality; teacher professional development; online professional development; distance learning; flipped learning; research-based education; K-12
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Mystakidis, S.; Fragkaki, M.; Filippousis, G. Ready Teacher One: Virtual and Augmented Reality Online Professional Development for K-12 School Teachers. Computers 2021, 10, 134. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100134

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Mystakidis S, Fragkaki M, Filippousis G. Ready Teacher One: Virtual and Augmented Reality Online Professional Development for K-12 School Teachers. Computers. 2021; 10(10):134. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100134

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Mystakidis, Stylianos, Maria Fragkaki, and Giorgos Filippousis. 2021. "Ready Teacher One: Virtual and Augmented Reality Online Professional Development for K-12 School Teachers" Computers 10, no. 10: 134. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100134

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