EDT 506 - Final Presentation
By Nicole Smith
How can we use Ed Tech to improve the teacher's role in education so that they feel supported in the digital 21st century classroom?
Does teaching experience (the number of years) play a part?
When receiving support, what form(s) of professional development do teachers prefer?
- What kind of support do teachers wish they had when it comes to technology?
The Charter School for Applied Technologies is located in Buffalo, New York. The middle school recently (2014) relocated to the former Holy Angels academy building.
A Quote from Stephen Brown:
#1: A Virtual Tech Coach
One trending model of technology professional development is the virtual technology coach. Sugar & van Tryon (2010) analyzed results obtained from sixty teachers, in an attempt to provide an online professional development experience and form a professional learning community of educators. Their results indicated that various resources like discussions, collaboration, and current news and updates related to instructional technology activities proved to be valuable forms of professional development to those surveyed. Their results also closely align with the NETS*C standards where with implementation, virtual professional development could serve as a foundation of to supporting teachers in schools proper technology integration strategies for the classroom. A virtual tech coaching model could be a great opportunity for CSAT teachers to access trainings, ideas, and curriculum implementations on their own time.
#2: Student Access to New Literacies
In order for students to thrive in the wired world, students need to master new ways to read, write, and communicate in our digital world. This includes learning how to effectively locate, analyze and synthesize information with meaning. After conducting this study and analyzing the results and feedback, one recommendation that I am making to district administrators is to encourage more funding for devices and access to the digital world. Without having equitable access, students are not going to get ample opportunities to grow and strengthen their new literacies skills needed for college and career.
#3: Twitter and Other Social Media
After analyzing the results from this study and conferring with the district superintendent at CSAT, a goal has been set to offer teachers and staff MORE opportunities for technology professional development in the following ways (but not limited to):
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