Incorporating technology into a classroom can be a difficult task. Having a limited understanding of technology can be very difficult for some teachers and they may not know how to link current technology to national frameworks or standards (Stein, Ginns, & McDonald, 2006). Other teachers may not be aware of what current technology is available and those who are may have trouble modifying their lessons to include it. These dilemmas can be easily remedied with a little instruction and continuing guidance. Teachers need to get honest; technology is here to stay and it is time to bring it into each classroom, to benefit teachers and students.
First Professional Development Day and Purpose
There are seven total professional development activities planned here. If time is available, one or more can be split spanning two days or they may be completed consecutively once a month. The first professional development activity for teachers will be breaking down the barriers of feeling incompetent if they are a novice or not familiar with current technology. This would be a serious meeting consisting of all teachers at a specific school similar to the professional development days after school once every month in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD). Instead of having random professional development days seen as meaningless by some teachers, the school would concentrate on one goal or big idea for the year and this year’s big idea will be incorporating technology to improve student achievement.
Teachers would be informed beforehand what the this year’s professional development days will be about and for this first one will be asked to seriously think about their personal knowledge of technology and how comfortable they are using technology. Teachers will place themselves in one of four categories, 1. Uncomfortable with technology except for maybe checking emails, 2. Emails, word processing and simple internet searches are easy enough on a variety of devices, but more clicks or taps result in head scratching, 3. Operating computers, their software and other devices such as tablets for a variety of purposes is easy enough, but changing a hard drive is out of the question, and 4. Software, hardware and all types of devices and technology are no problem at all. Identifying this will help the educator receive the proper assistance to meet his or her goal (Loveland, 2012).
When teachers arrive for the meeting they will sit at a table labeled corresponding to the number in which they categorized themselves in. At this time the principal will explain that keeping up with technology will be a part of the school’s improvement goals and these goals will be able to be attained and measured during this school year (Loveland, 2012). This professional development day is not meant to be a onetime meeting, with technology now a part of the new Alaska State standards, it is time to bridge the gap between teachers, technology and...