Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Analyzing Technology Integration Professional Development Workshops



Where is your professional development focused?


What percentage of your professional development focuses specifically

on learning a subject area skill through technology?

learning a new software program where most of the focus is on the program?

(Time each part of the workshop and then look at how much time is spent on learning the program and how much time is spent in talking about student learning, seeing examples of student learning, or developing classroom materials)


What percentage of your professional development focuses on why this is important to the students' learning, supplies numerous real student examples and shows multiple ways to improve a given content skill through this technology?


What percentage of your professional development focuses on the teachers developing specific material for their classroom? (The lower the number, probably the least likely they will use it.)


What percentage of your professional development focuses on implementation issues? (If a workshop does not help teachers to foresee possible problems then if teachers have a problem, they may stop using that technology.)


Does any workshop that deals with a specific technology only teach the most commonly used classroom aspects of the program and start with the most commonly used one first? (People falter in their focus very quickly if they do not think that what they will be learning is useful to them in the classroom.)



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