4.3.d Personalize support for educators by planning and modeling the effective use of technology to improve student learning.
While teachers are expected to differentiate their instruction to meet their students’ needs, we often treat professional learning differently than we treat student learning. Differentiation has not been modeled well in most professional developments for educators, especially in technology integration professional developments. In my post, Differentiated Technology Integration PD for Educators, I focused on the goal of successful technology professional development and its integration into teaching to impact student learning. Teachers are participating in technology learning professional development with different readiness and backgrounds.
For PDs to be customized and personalized to meet educators’ needs, I recommended the seven tips for integrating technology professional development from Moynihan (2014):
- Provide ongoing support by delivering immediately usable solutions to the daily challenges that teachers will face when making major curricular changes in their subject areas.
- Promote understanding of technology pedagogical practices by providing extensive training in both pedagogy and technology.
- Encourage teacher participation because teachers who participate in a PD program that includes coaching or mentoring are more likely to implement new instructional methods.
- Adopt a learner‐centered pedagogy because technology is less effective when used to support traditional “teacher‐centered” pedagogies, which tend to use technology as a supplement rather than as a core element of instruction.
- Provide access to online information repositories that offer teachers continuous and convenient access to relevant teaching resources.
- School structure should be “policies, practices, culture, and funding” to facilitate the integration of educational technology.
- Make use of the technologies that teachers will be using. The ISTE notes that “learning with technology is more important than learning about technology.” Teachers benefit by seeing how they can learn through available technological tools.
Another effective and personalized coaching support to teachers is immediate feedback using Virtual Coaching for Effective Feedback. Lynch (2019) suggested that Bug-in-ear technology can be a solution for coaches to provide real-time feedback. Bug-in-ear technology is a proven method for improving the professional practice of frontline practitioners. Bug-in-ear devices allow coaches to give teachers immediate feedback while delivering instruction in their classrooms. I also addressed that one of the keys to virtual coaching via an earpiece is that the coach needs to point out the teacher’s strengths and not focus only on their areas of weakness in technology learning.
Moynihan, A. (2014) 7 PD tips for your instructional technology integration plan. Retrieved July, 28th, 2021 from https://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/10/professional-development-technology-922/