We might be teaching in a 21st-century classroom, but that doesn’t mean we became experts in how overnight.
For some educators, learning new technology and implementing strategies for teaching in a digital classroom, can be a little intimidating. For others, we may be ready to embrace a blended learning or online learning environment but simply haven’t received the training to understand how it can help our classroom, or implementation strategies and best practices on how to do so.
Teachers may be asking themselves,
- Where do I start?
- What are best practices?
- Can I integrate technology into my current class structure?
- I’ve been thinking about taking a blended learning approach, but how do I do it?
- How do I still maintain a highly collaborative environment while using technology?
- How do I use data to make informed decisions and provide differentiated instruction?
- How do I engage students effectively using technology?
- How do I reinforce digital citizenship?
These are all great questions – and teachers are not alone in asking them.
The Art of Digital Teaching is a program agnostic, professional development training that teachers across the nation are achieving results from and learning how to successfully and effectively implement technology into their instruction!
The Educational Technology Landscape
It’s dynamic. It changes as new technology software, and hardware is released, as well as when our school infrastructure changes.
Most classrooms across the nation are now equipped with access to broadband internet, due in large part to President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative that aimed to connect 99% of students across the country to broadband by 2018. As better broadband internet and the integration of technology becomes more of the ‘norm’ in our schools, price points on devices for schools are paving the way for this increase in accessibility to take place.
But having technology doesn’t automatically ensure success. Teachers need both reliable technology and effective and applicable training to meet the integration goals.
Some of the highlights of a 2015 Samsung survey of teachers include:
- 90% of teachers believe that technology is important to student success
- 81% of teachers agree that technology in the classroom enables students to get more hands-on experience during lessons
- 60% of teachers feel they are inadequately prepared to use technology in the classroom
- 37% of teachers say that they would “love” to use technology in the classroom, but they simply do not know how
- 76% of teachers would like a professional development day dedicated to technology during the school year when students would not be present
- Teachers over the age of 43 are less confident using tech in the classroom compared to younger teachers, with 63% agreeing they need more technology training to support their students’ needs
This survey demonstrates not only the recognition of the importance of technology in the classroom but highlights teachers’ desire for their school and district leadership to provide them with the training that they need.
The Art of Digital Teaching
The Art of Digital Teaching (AODT) is an online course designed for teachers who are new to technology and want to learn best practices for integrating technology, accessing real-time data, and differentiating instruction. Teachers log into the course when it is convenient with their schedule and work through the lessons at their own pace and place. The course offers both text and media elements throughout the course with many integrated support tools and is aligned to iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Teaching. Schools can implement the course for the entire school or district’s faculty or for an individual teacher.
Key takeaways from this essential training include:
- How to make intentional connections with students through technology.
- The three keys to teaching digital citizenship.
- Best practices for collaboration with students and teachers in an online teaching environment.
- Strategies for differentiation, including the use of online assessments and real-time data.
Teachers will be engaged in real-life, interactive lessons and projects that can be applied immediately to teaching instruction.
The course itself is broken into five units that include a digital teaching portfolio and a final exam. The entire course is expected to take approximately 35-30 hours to complete and could be the equivalent of approximately three continuing education credits awarded by the district.
Who has time to learn?
One of the best parts about offering The Art of Digital Training over the summer is that teachers can take this course at their own pace, by saving for later. With any time, any place learning, summer is the opportune time to spend a few hours a week on this course!
The Art of Digital Training is not just for new teachers, but for experienced teachers too! No matter where on the spectrum of experience using technology, educators will benefit from learning best practices and effective integration of technology in their classrooms.
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Engage with an Odysseyware expert today to learn how teachers can enroll in the course as an individual or schools/districts can purchase a site license for unlimited teacher use.