One has to understand how to integrate technology into the classroom or an entire school or school district to become an effective educator in today’s world. However, the looming questions is how do teachers and education administrators learn how to use technology to facilitate the teaching and learning process? It can be learned through trial and error, through their teacher education or education leadership programs, and through professional development. Let’s discuss the 6 key areas of technology professional development for teachers and education administrators.
Digital literacy – Digital literacy encompasses a wide range of skills, all of which are necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The ability to comprehend information found online becomes more and more important as print mediums begin to die out. Students may soon find themselves at a disadvantage similar to the ones who cannot read or write if they lack digital literacy skills. Owing to the importance of digital literacy, educators are increasingly required to teach students digital literacy in the classroom, and an optimal level of professional development is required to do so.
Virtual reality – Virtual reality refers to a computer-simulated environment, which may be a simulation of the real or imaginary world. The technology sounds like a far-off futuristic concept, when we hear the term, we may think of people wearing big helmets that transport them to another location from the comfort of their home (or classroom). However, the word virtual is being left behind and it is slowly becoming a reality in the classroom. Although it doesn’t look quite like what you might imagine, things are improving all the time. However, most teachers don’t understand the endless potential benefits of virtual reality in the classroom and how to use it. Educators need support and guidance to harness its potential learning benefits, and this is where professional development steps in.
Cloud computing – Cloud computing has unlimited potential when it comes to greater educational collaboration, for teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-parent, and teacher-to-student applications. Academic expectations can be better accessed by using a common location, along with actual student work. Through the remote opportunities that cloud computing provides, instructors can also share learning materials and experiences. Professional development coordinators should add cloud computing to their list of offerings because of its potential to make the teaching and learning process more efficient.
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