Special Report

What’s Wrong With Teacher PD for Technology—and How to Make It Better

May 19, 2021
A diverse team works together to solve a technology puzzle
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Educators continue to complain about the quality of training they receive to help them learn how to integrate technology into teaching and learning. Too often, the training is focused on the technology rather than the learning goals or it is not as practical and immediately applicable as teachers need it to be.

But the experiences that educators and professional development experts have had using technology during COVID-19 are reshaping their views about what good professional development should look like. The days of shuffling educators or teachers-in-training into a big room and teaching them the same skills, at the same pace, in a lecture format are likely gone forever due to the pandemic. But the changes afoot are still a work in progress.