Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Professional Development

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Professional Development

Article excerpt

One thing we can consistently do in technology and education is call for more professional development. However, one thing we have not done very well is invest in the people who will be using and managing the technology in our schools. The effort over the last 20 years or so has been focused on providing technology to students. This seemed logical at first since education is for students, and most of the software that was developed at that time was for the students. Despite these efforts, we have not gotten the promised revolution or even minor reform. Significant change has not come about because educators were left out of the technology equation. We know from research what professional development, with or without technology, should look like. Effective professional development:

* Involves teachers in the planning and selection, but balances the needs of individual educators with the needs of the campus and district;

* Provides a practical, utilitarian component to all efforts;

* Links educators to each other to create a larger learning community;

* Offers ongoing support; and

* Provides opportunity for experimentation and reflection.

Technology affects professional development in a positive way. …

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