Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.
“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”—Anonymous
Students at universities all over work hard to learn and prepare themselves for a career outside of the classroom. Once outside the walls of an education institution and into the walls of the corporate world, people begin to employ their craft. True, some may need to return to school later to receive some more education in order to advance, but most will probably receive some sort of on-the-job training in order move up in a company. Teachers, on the other hand, must engage in professional development every year in order to stay abreast of ever-changing education, especially in the area of educational technology. This type of on-the-job training, though, isn’t meant help someone receive a pay increase, or a higher position. Teachers do this, really, to stay employed as teachers. They must do this to maintain their teacher’s license.
When technology is introduced into education, the need for professional development is vital. Technology can be somewhat specialized, making it challenging for those who struggle to learn systems and software. Yet, this is what the teacher of the 21st century learner must recognize and accept in order to stay current. As a part of a coaching project, I discuss a professional development session on training teachers to use Canvas, an LMS (learning management system) adopted in my school district. You can access the presentation here: