I need some help thinking outside of the box. I'm investigating best practices in professional development related to educational technology for a couple of projects. One such project involves a school that has a 1 to 1 laptop program.
If you were able to implement your ideal technology professional development program, regardless of cost and other limitations, what would your program look like? Think innovation!
Some things to consider:
-What resources and equipment would you need?
-What sort of schedule/time frame would you follow?
-What would be your staffing needs in order to support such a program?
-What's the best way to reach and motivate as many faculty members as possible? Do you even try to reach everyone or do you just hope to reach the mavericks who will take new ideas and run with them?
-What model would you follow, if any? Just in time help? Peer mentoring? Workshops? Study groups? What really works for teachers in your opinion?
-Do teachers need incentives to develop professionally and if so, what incentives have worked for you?
-How would you assess the progress of teachers in terms of technology usage and integration?
-Would you prefer having your own teachers conduct training sessions or are outside speakers more helpful?
-What the most difficult thing about planning for professional development?
-What personally has been the most rewarding professional development experience of your career?
-Who would be on your dream team if you could invite any ed tech speaker to visit your school?
-What topics do you think teachers are most interested in learning about?
I'll post my own thoughts on all of this in the weeks to come...