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Staff Development In Technology

  1. 1. Staff Development in Technology
  2. 2. Topics to be Covered <ul><li>Value of Staff Development in Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Age and 21 st Century Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies Available </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation and Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Infusing Change </li></ul><ul><li>District Technology Training Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Value of Staff Development in Technology- Why we need it <ul><li>We are living in a digital age </li></ul><ul><li>Learners need 21 st century skill sets </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive technologies allow for differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Gap exists between technologies available in schools versus teachers’ use of them </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Digital Age and 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Our world is transformed by technology </li></ul><ul><li>Children are comfortable regularly using technology </li></ul><ul><li>Active processing and authentic experiences increase learning (Clark & Mayer, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers need to prepare students to use technology effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Students need authentic experiences with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development is needed to prepare teachers to teach technology and 21 st century skills (No Child Left Behind, 2007; National Education Technology Plan, 2006) </li></ul>
  5. 5. 21 st Century Learners Are: <ul><li>Effective Communicators </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Directed </li></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solvers </li></ul><ul><li>Able to use higher-order thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Technologically literate </li></ul>
  6. 6. 21 st Century Technology Skills <ul><li>Learners use technology to do the following with information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Sample of Technologies Available in Schools - Often Unused Due to Lack of Staff Training <ul><li>Internet (Free instructional materials) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Software </li></ul><ul><li>TV/DVDs </li></ul><ul><li>SMARTNotebook/ SMARTboards </li></ul><ul><li>Promethean Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Elmos/ Projectors </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sample of Adaptive Technologies Available in Schools Requiring Staff Training <ul><li>AlphaSmart Notetakers </li></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil (Computer Screen Reading Software) </li></ul><ul><li>Spell Check Devices </li></ul><ul><li>Calculators </li></ul>
  9. 9. Legislation and Standards Require Staff Development in Technology <ul><li>No Child Left Behind </li></ul><ul><li>National Education Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>National Education Technology Standards (NETS) </li></ul>
  10. 10. No Child Left Behind Calls for Technology in Schools <ul><li>NCLB: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regards technology literacy as a core foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calls for academic excellence involving 21 st century skills and use of technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides research and reports for technological innovations in education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is connected to the United States’ National Education Technology Plan </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The National Education Technology Plan <ul><li>“ Improving teacher training in the use of technology” ranks number 3 out of 7 major action steps required by the National Education Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are required to have opportunities to take courses on and using technology </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent improvement is called for in our country to prepare teachers to use technology </li></ul>
  12. 12. National Education Technology Standards (NETS) <ul><li>The National Education Technology Standards assist school improvement in the United States in the areas of technology support, curriculum integration, assessments, and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>NETS calls all students to meet National Education Technology Standards for Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers seeking certification must meet the National Education Technology Standards for Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development in technology is required to meet NETS’ requirements </li></ul>
  13. 13. Infusing Change in Schools <ul><li>Assess currently available technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Create workshops for teachers on using these technologies effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Implement a District Technology Training Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Require teachers to take staff development courses on technology </li></ul><ul><li>Offer teachers choices about which courses to take </li></ul>
  14. 14. A District Technology Training Plan is Needed <ul><li>A District Technology Training Program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructs teachers in technology use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizes staff development in technology around a focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps teachers grow comfortable using technology in their classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leads to more instruction of 21 st century skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps teachers meet national requirements of NCLB and NETS </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>“ We cannot assume that our schools will naturally drift toward using technology effectively. We must commit ourselves to staying the course and making the changes necessary to reach our goals of educating every child. These are ambitious goals, but they are goals worthy of a great nation such as ours. Together, we can use technology to ensure that no child is left behind.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ President George W. Bush </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions <ul><li>What are schools in your district doing to meet the federal NCLB requirements for preparing teachers to use technology effectively? </li></ul><ul><li>How are your teachers and students meeting the goals of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)? </li></ul><ul><li>What steps must we take to implement a District Technology Training Program? </li></ul>
  17. 17. References <ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>Clark, R.C. & Mayer, R.E. (2008). e-Learning. (2nd Ed). How do people learn from e-courses? (pp. 31-51). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer. </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE. (2007). National Educational Technology Standards. Retrieved March 25, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Education. (2006). National Education Technology Plan: Action steps. Retrieved March 25, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Education. (2007). NCLB: Office of Educational Technology. Retrieved March 26, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 1: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 3: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 5: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 6: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 7: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide8: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 13: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>