Educational TechnologyProfessional Development Yuri Zepeda Dr. Chen EDIT 556
The role of Educational Technology Provides authentic learning experiences Improves instruction Enhances student learning Prepares students for the 21st century Students gain & develop new set of skills: critical, analytical, cultural, global, and digital
The need for high-quality ETPD In order for students to be prepared for the 21st century and gain technology skills & fluency, teachers need to learn how to integrate technology into their classrooms successfully. It educates teachers the value of technology It provides constant support for teachers, thus developing confidence It exposes teachers to innovative/ creative ideas & resources
Reasons why many PD programs fail No explicit connection between the use technology and instruction Short-term workshops that focus on technical assistance Lack of meaningful opportunities for teachers to share ideas and reflect on their instructional practices Little teacher support or feedback Follow “one-size- fits- all” workshops Fails to address the needs of teachers, school, students, etc.
What defines a high-quality ETPD? Longer duration Follow-up support and feedback Access to new technologies Collaboration and reflection Shared vision for student learning Community building Moves beyond technical assistance/ skills Engages teachers in meaningful & relevant learning activities Helps teacher to become comfortable using technology
“Online communities” Lock (2006) introduces “online communities” to facilitate teacher professional development Creates authentic learning communities where teachers become active participants Focuses on “designing, building, and supporting a structure and a process… meeting the personal ongoing professional development needs of teachers” (pg. 663) Function outside “conventional practices and timeframes (e.g., workshops)” (pg. 675)
“Knowledge Brokers” Plair (2008) introduces the notion of “knowledge brokers, or a intermediary to sort through a wealth of information about programs, tools, and Web resources and o explain and demonstrate to them (teachers) how to use it in a way that supports and enhances student learning and personal productivity” (pg. 71).
“Master Technology Teacher” Wright (2010) describes that the Master Technology Teacher, a professional development program that focuses on “training teachers how to use technology in classroom instruction” (pg. 139). Classroom observation to see how a teacher uses & implements technology Opportunities for reflection, feedback, support, collaboration, and active participation
“The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning” This professional development places technology in the “context of student-centered instructional practices “ (Matzen & Edmunds, 2007, pg. 417) Shift from “traditional instruction” to a more “constructivist- compatible instruction” (pg. 417) Alternative vision for the use of technology Teachers are able to connect technology and instruction
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