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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted education at multiple levels over the last ten months. One common thread that has remained is the online learning and meeting platform for teachers, students, administrators, and families. This study reports on a survey of 560 K-12 educators across one southernmost part of a south-central state who shared their levels of preparedness during the transition to virtual learning in the Spring of 2020/amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Data analysis revealed that educators continued to focus on professional development during the summer of 2020 in preparation for the new academic year. Additional analysis showed that participants’ self-efficacy of using technology to teach online remained high. This demonstrated the resiliency and adapt- ability of K-12 classroom teachers in the face of immediate changes affecting their preconceived notions of how a classroom looks and how learning is obtained.


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Webb, C.L., Kohler, K.L. & Piper, R.E. (2021). Teachers’ Preparedness and Professional Learning about Using Educational Technologies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Online Learning Research, 7(2), 113-132. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).