My next article for my newsletter series on "Teachers to IT Departments, you have 'XYZ' Homework" targets professional development.
This upcoming article focuses on what needs to be done, and targets the need for...
* Funding -- "tremendously more" amounts of money for resources...
- Resources -- time to implement, people, facilities
- Practice Time -- time to learn, release time,
- Equipment -- Especially equipment to take home
- Follow-Up -- "One off" training have little in common with professional development needs
* Focus on Instruction -- Software only training seldom generalized to application in classroom instruction
* Benefit to Students -- With minimal access to equipment and teacher less knowledgeable about how to use the equipment,
* Change of Teaching Style -- The Integration of Technology requires a "whole 'nuther teaching style
* Practice Time -- Teachers can't just listen and be expected to do
* Trainers who have Applied what they Teach -- Trainers with experience delivering Integrated Lessons in front of students
* Empowerment -- For both teachers and students
Does anyone wish to play "devil's advocate" and claim that current professional development trends lead to a return on our technology investment?
I believe that just doing more of what we have been doing has a "snowball's chance in the devil's back yard" of producing the benefits that our huge investment in technology and infrastructure could have provided (had we conducted professional development according to sound methods of adult learning), and had we made reasonable predictions about what was required to pull this revamping of instruction off.
I'll be glad to publish your responses. Publication date is 6-30-07.