Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 | technology
An essential part of professional development of teachers is learning to use technology.
Education departments should take responsibility for the professional development of teachers but teachers must also take ownership of their own growth – it is generally accepted that this is a shared responsibility. You can rightly look to your education department to provide some support when you want to learn how to use technology as a teaching tool.
The situation in different districts, provinces and countries is poles apart when it comes to technology support for teachers. In some cases adequate provision is made and in others little – or none – is made. Your first step must be to explore what is on offer to you. You may find that one or more of the following are available to you:
- formal training courses
- mentoring or coaching.
These services are usually offered to you at no cost and time is allowed for you to make use of them. When an education authority supports the technology aspect of your personal development the chances are good that the backing offered will be classroom oriented. This is a good thing, since training offered by non-education institutions is often generic and may not have any bearing on what you do in the classroom.
A down-side of education department training is that a one-size-fits-all approach is usually adopted. You may find yourself in a group where people have different levels of technology expertise. If you are a novice, you may feel intimidated if the training is pitched at too high a level; if you come to the event with some expertise, you may feel frustrated if too much time is spent on basics.
Don’t wait for your education authority to urge you to make use of what is on offer. Find out if such training opportunities exist and then take advantage of them. If they don’t exist, don’t sit around complaining while you wait – you will only make yourself unhappy, you won’t learn anything, and you may wait for a long time. Take personal responsibility for your technology development by exploring alternative ways to become proficient.
For more technology tips for teachers click here.