The Efficacy of Professional Development in Ed Tech

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist … using technologies that haven’t yet been invented … in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”  – Richard Riley, Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton

In the 21st Century classroom, students often carry more technology in their pockets than their teacher has in the classroom.  And even though teacher credentialing requires technology training, many teachers are often afraid to use more technology than an overhead projector with a transparency.  This does a great disservice to our students who will one day be facing a workplace with ever-changing technological equipment and needs.  Students need to see teachers working with and tackling the challenges of technology in the classroom.  Teachers need to model how students will overcome their own obstacles as technology inevitably changes.  How can the efficacy of professional development in technology be improved to empower teachers and thereby increase student engagement and growth?

This is what I will be exploring through this blog — supporting online professional EdTech development, enhancing student achievement with EdTech, and showing that Teacher Geek IS chic.

Your comments are always welcome.

Photo: Tammy Dunbar 2011

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