A new report has identified key challenges facing
education technology in the coming years, ranging from changing
economics to instructional practices that have failed to adapt to the
evolving technology landscape. For the
2011 Horizon Report K-12 Edition,
the No. 1 challenge identified in ed tech is with teachers themselves
and the inadequacy of their preparation and ongoing training.
How can we overcome digital media illiteracy? First
and foremost, make professional development revolving around technology
"The challenge is due to the fact that despite the
widespread agreement on its importance, training in digital literacy
skills and techniques is rare in teacher education and school district
professional development programs," the report
Teachers who are able to model and apply 21st
Century skills in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the
learning experiences they provide for their students will be more likely
to create a transformative learning environment in
their classrooms. Additionally, they will also grow professionally and
be effective contributors toward maintaining a flexible, dynamic
educational system in a rapidly changing digital and global society.
Creating effective teachers is the name of the game. When focusing on the 21st Century skills needed to develop college and career ready students, digital literacy is that much easier to achieve.
P.D. Tips courtesy of Atomic Learning