About this Daily Classroom Special
Technology 101 provides pointers, strategies
and suggestions for helping your school design a technology plan that
meets the needs of members of your learning community. Technology
101 was written by Peggy Wyns-Madison, a former Teachers Network
Eight: Build Teacher Capacity
Once you have identified funding resources to support your
technology plan, you must consider how to help the teachers
in your building integrate technology into the curriculum. Simply
placing the equipment into classrooms, libraries and computer
labs will not increase the use of technology. Staff development
is a necessary component that must be included in your plan.
Today, schools can use a variety
of professional development models to help teachers integrate
technology into the curriculum.
What do you need to do to build teacher capacity? You can
start by viewing the work researched by the MetLife Fellows
in Teachers Network Policy
Institute. Over the last several years, a group of 35 teachers
across the country studied and conducted action research on
professional development programs that improve student achievement.
Review their policy recommendations for more insight on selecting
the best teacher development programs that help teachers grow
What should you look for when identifying a teacher development
model for your school?
Use this handy checklist to plan a successful staff development
Checklist for Staff Development