Technology Needs Professional Development
9/26/2011 12:00:00 AM
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A recent article in the New York Times highlighted a technology-rich school which had stagnated test scores. The premise of the article was that technology does not increase test scores and therefore has little benefit to the classroom. What the article does not explore is the impact of professional development in the use of technology in the classroom.
Technology alone will not produce college-and-career ready students. 21st century students require 21st century teachers that understand how to use technology to engage students. Effective professional development is a vital component to receive the full return on investment on any district technology purchase.
Now reflect on your situation. Do you agree with the New York Times’ assumption? How are you providing professional development opportunities to positively impact student achievement in your school or district? Can you do more?