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Training Teachers is a Necessity

by Blake Montgomery


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Training Day: A Company Prepares Teachers to Use New Technology

Often, the success of any edtech product hinges on whether it can be integrated into the everyday operations of a district, school or classroom. But the process presents a wellspring of difficulties and questions: Do educators know what the technology does? Do companies understand what teachers need? What kind of training is necessary?

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Education and Play Time Needed for Teachers to Effectively Engage With New Technology

Technology is only as good as the people who use it; too often the tools are available, but training is given short shrift. Investing in professional development around technology adoption can pay big dividends. This piece provides a glimpse into a day-long training session, on a holiday Monday, where teachers gathered to learn about a new technology tool. While helpful, things did not necessarily go smoothly and, while teachers grudgingly acknowledged that the tool could be useful, they also expressed a sense of overwhelm. What can you do to better engage teachers with new technology products?

Engagement is critical. In many school districts technology tools are available, but under-utilized. Ongoing communication and education are key, along with ample opportunities for teachers to learn as well as time to play with the technology. With time increasingly at a premium that can be challenging. An important key to success: a clear vision and focus on practical application.