Creative Inquiry Instructional Tech
Robots, Software, Web 2.0 tools, and what PD teachers want!
Web 2.0 Tools
- Concept Mapping Tools (n=3)
- Post-it Like Notes (Padlet, Lino) (n=7)
- Cartoon Generators (n=3)
- Infographics (n=1)
- Speaking Avatars (n=1)
- Flipped Classroom Tools (TedEd, Vialogues, EduCanon) (n=2)
- Online Posters (Glogster, Smore) (n=4)
- Voice Thread (n=2)
- Social Bookmarking (n=3)
- Timelines (n=2)
- Thinglink (n=2)
- Blendspace (n=1)
What do you think are the greatest needs regarding PD with technology in your classroom?
"I don't need any PD on technology in my classroom if I'm not going to HAVE any
technology in my classroom. If I actually AQUIRE technology in my classroom, I
absolutely MUST have proper training on how to use it myself before I can begin to use it
in my classroom. Technology is useless to teachers without the proper PD on how to use
it." Which brings me to the next category...
Basic Training (n=19) - The most common response was the opportunity to learn practical skills and refresh knowledge of tools and technology that is out there. Some representative teacher responses include:
"Knowing what is available and examples of how to use it with my standards."
"There is just so much out there, it's hard to keep it all straight & not get confused. So
maybe just getting a few things in training & do them well??"
"Just to keep me up to date with all the new technology and different programs."
Other categories of interest include:
Training on basic apps for iPads or Chromebooks (n=11)
A few teachers in this category wanted specifics for reading, chorus, and band.
Finding the time to learn how to use the tools or fit them in the day is a challenge.
One particular teacher stated, "Having the tools needed to keep students on task more often. For example, the ability to blank the screens of all students when the teacher needs their attention. Another example would be to have the ability to open the same program on all computers simultaneously."
Interactive Whiteboard (n=2)
Three teachers did not have specific technology needs including the following statements:
- Tech Stinks
- I don't know what I don't know. Also this survey made me feel very stupid.
So What Does This Mean?
Teachers need an opportunity to learn more about different software and Web 2.0 tools in their classroom through professional development. Training and updating their skills was the number one need expressed and this is also evident in their lack of knowledge of robots, web 2.0 tools and certain software programs.
Teachers also need up-to-date, working technology. If schools can't provide these, teachers need to be aware of funding and grant opportunities for technology.