Simple ways to improve technology training
Training and professional development are essential to the success of K-12 technology projects. IT leaders may do a spectacular job implementing and integrating new hardware and software, but their effort is ultimately wasted if these tools aren’t successfully adopted and applied by teachers, and ultimately their students. Furthermore, the rapid pace of technology change means that teachers need to stay up-to-date or risk becoming dinosaurs in their own classrooms.
However, limited time and limited funding often mean that training is under-resourced and under-appreciated in IT projects. How can IT leaders overcome this challenge and ensure that teachers are making the most of the technology available to them, both inside and outside the classroom?
IT leaders can achieve superior outcomes in K-12 technology projects by bringing process discipline to professional development and by ensuring that training programs reflect the real-world challenges of staff. Program leaders can maximize results by identifying key objectives, cultivating skills and knowledge, refining training content, tracking and assessing progress, and by providing continuing support.
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