Just the other day, I was walking down the hallway of a beautiful high school that looked to have been built within the past decade. An educational technology conference was being hosted at this school and I was heading to my scheduled classroom where I would lead a session focused on the Tap Into Teen Minds iPad Classroom.
Peeking into each classroom, I noticed that each classroom was outfitted with a desktop computer, ceiling mounted projector, wall mounted interactive whiteboard and a document camera. Any person walking down these halls would immediately believe that this school was on the cutting edge of educational technology and innovation.
I couldn’t help but think that so many teachers would love to have this technology in their classroom, yet it was sitting in this classroom collecting dust. I began setting up for my session, but had a hard time getting over the investment in technology that was clearly going to waste.
Who is to Blame? Not the Teacher!
Having always been fascinated with technology years before I began teaching, integrating technology and learning how to use new devices has always been enjoyable.
However, for a teacher that is not comfortable with technology, it is not so easy. While the amount of technology school boards and administrators purchase increase with each passing year, the amount allotted for professional development for the teachers intended to use the technology has decreased or is non-existent.
Where Do We Go From Here?
In order to maximize the return on technology purchased, leaders in education must understand the importance of professional development and make the investment.