About Tapped In
Vision: Transforming Teacher Professional Development Online
Research has shown that student achievement is directly linked to teacher quality. State and national teaching standards provide a framework for teachers' professional growth that requires teachers to engage in ongoing professional development throughout their careers. The increasing demand for continuous professional development means that providers must expand face-to-face programs to include online activities and content that engage teachers anytime, anywhere. The growing recognition that no single organization can satisfy teachers' ongoing professional development needs requires that educators and providers form communities to share strategies, resources, and support. Tapped In was developed to support this vision.
Tapped In was created by SRI International to transform teacher professional development (TPD) for professional development providers and educators. Tapped In enables providers to offer high-quality online professional development experiences and support to more teachers cost-effectively. Through Tapped In, educators can extend their professional growth beyond courses or workshops with the online tools, resources, colleagues, and support they need to implement effective, classroom-centered learning activities.
Tenant Services: Enabling TPD Providers to Meet Their Goals
Tapped In offered TPD providers and other organizations the latest in online technology, along with the online learning strategies and support needed to use online technology effectively. Through Tapped In, organizations developed, implemented, and managed online courses, workshops, seminars, mentoring programs, and other collaborative activities that supplemented, or functioned in lieu of, face-to-face activities. Tapped In experts worked with organization staff to design and facilitate online activities that are motivating, standards based, and attuned to the learning styles and technical facility of participating teachers. We helped organizations address the dual challenges of sustained follow-up support and scaling-up services to reach all who need them. Organizations also benefited from the resources and expertise of other tenant partners that participated in the Tapped In community.
Online activities took place within custom virtual buildings within the Tapped In environment. Each organization received their own building, which typically had 3 floors:
Tapped In currently supports the activities of the following teacher professional development, pre-service, master's degree programs, and state and local education agencies, as well as scores of small local groups from around the globe.
Tapped In FeaturesGeneral:
Educator Activities: A Career-Long Online Home
Tapped In brought educators together both locally and worldwide to cultivate a community that supports each teacher as a professional. We built the capacity of teachers to support one another through peer networks supported by the Tapped In community. Educators could
The Creators of Tapped In
SponsorsTapped In went online in 1997 with funding from the National Science Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through various programs that fund research and education projects.
We also received support from Sun Microsystems, a leading provider of hardware, software, and services.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants 9725528, 9616585, and 0106926. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.