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Tuesday, November 14, 2006


P is for... Professional Development

Technology changes faster than buzz words in education. In order for teachers to keep up with and effectively use technology, they have to receive quality professional development.

"Lack of professional development for technology use is one of the most serious obstacles to fully integrating technology into the curriculum" (Fatemi, 1999; Office of Technology Assessment, 1995; Panel on Educational Technology, 1997).

One time workshops can't do it. Technology evolves too quickly. Professional development must be on-going.

Some links about professional development for technology:
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te1000.htm
http://www.edutopia.org/php/keyword.php?id=239

1 Comments:

  • I agree that professional development can't be a one time shot. It requires much effort on the individual's part for the return on the investment of time. Followup, practice and reflection on "what worked" and "how to improve" is a often neglected part of professional development.

    By Blogger S McPherson, at 8:55 AM  

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