Thoughts of Professional Development


From one of my favourite edublogs,

…Today I had an opportunity to visit with about fifteen elementary teachers in a rural Oklahoma school…Less than one-third of the teachers in my presentation had high speed Internet access at their home currently, and none were acquainted with web 2.0 tools and websites

As I looked at my school’s recent Internet usage survey, over 90% of my fellow school teachers had high speed Internet access at home. That is much higher than the figure of the rural Oklahoma school. However very few teachers in my school were acquainted with web 2.0 tools and websites based on my observation and conversation with them.

I am sure some of the teachers have Friendster or Facebook accounts. I am also certain some of them have personal blogs. The problem is, only a handful of teachers are bringing the web technology into the classrooms. Why do I say that?

There is a blog module in the school LMS. The good and bad news: Children are posting videos, journals and jokes, but in a rather haphazard manner without teachers’ moderation. The really bad news: Only a few teachers made use of it to teach (I must admit I am the only teacher in my school blogging ‘religiously’).

I am not blaming my fellow teachers. In fact I cannot blame them at all because they are really competent educators. I think this situation can be improved by developing the mindset and skillset of teachers in terms of education technology. In other words, a professional development workshop like what Wesley did would be extremely beneficial!

Question: Who is going to conduct the workshop?

I wanted to, but I guess I really more time and exposure to get myself ready to inform and convince teachers who are way more experienced than me. Perhaps someone from ETD would be a more suitable candidant.

Or should we get Wesley to fly to Singapore?🙂

2 comments

  1. Susan Sedro

    You could hire Kim Cofino. She’s the 21st Century Literacy Specialist at International School Bangkok. She flew down to Singapore for the Teach IT day some of the international schools held. She also flew to Doha to provide PD to the staff there.

    One of the things she learned was that teachers seemed more receptive to her message because she was brought in from the outside.

    Her blog is Always Learning. You can find it at http://mscofino.edublogs.org/

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