The authors outline three important elements that should be present to provide adequate professional development to teachers faced with integrating new technologies into their classroom practice.
Teachers and students helping each other to implement new technologies can take up where PD leaves off and help to deepen engagement in the process.
In my school, we are working to create a culture of collaboration through our project. About half of our teachers have ‘bought-in’ and are active participants in the initiative. Professional development is another opportunity to expand our community circle and create new ones.
Support from Administration
Admin should make sure to allow teachers extra time for PD to help them to learn the skills they need to implement new tech tools. Also mentioned was the need for the communication of specific expectations for the PD from administrators.
While I can’t speak for out administration’s ability or willingness to provide extra PD time, I believe that teacher-leaders can possibly define and communicate expectations among learning groups in the school community.
Training at integrating technology into existing curricula should be provided, rather than adding technology on as a separate instructional strategy.
We are in the perfect position to mold our new curriculum in such a way as to allow for seamless integration of relevant technologies.
This article has helped me to foresee the challenges of educational technology implementation on a school-wide basis and plan strategies to overcome them. I look forward to getting to that stage of our curriculum development!
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 18 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.