Week 1: Preparing Adult Educators for Technology Integration

Colleagues, 

This month, we will be focusing on technology integration in the adult education classroom. To get us started, this week will focus on discussing the importance of meaningful technology integration. 

Let's review  Supporting Quality Instruction: Building Teacher Capacity as Instructional Designers

  • Does this article resonate with you?
  • How does reviewing the last few years inform our post-pandemic education? and, 
  • As we focus on the digital literacy needs of students, where does the digital needs of the educators fit in?

As we move through this week, l  hope we wrap up the discussion with a framework of technology skills every educator needs. 

Kathy Tracey
 

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As we continue our conversation about the technology skills for educators, let's start with identifying the top skills. 

Check out the 8 Computer Skills for Every Teacher to Master.  The list includes the following

  1. Word Processing Skills
  2. Spreadsheet Skills
  3. Database Management Skills
  4. Electronic Presentation Skills
  5. Internet Navigation Skills
  6. Email Management Skills
  7. Networking Skills 
  8. Touch Typing

Do you agree with the list? What would you add? What would you change? 

Kathy Tracey

 

Colleagues, 

As we continue our discussion on the technology skills of our teachers, let's look at the impact of technology on student achievement and retention.  Check out Supporting Adult Educators to Leverage Technology and Customize the Learning Experience.

As we consider the importance of leveraging technology for our learners, what does this look like for our teachers? Research shows that technology, when implemented  in a meaningful manner,  can be a crucial instructional component. 

  • What happens when our teachers are not ready, or equipped, to use technology due to their limited technology skills? 
  • What professional development related to basic digital literacy skills do you offer your instructional staff? 

     

 

 

Colleagues, 

To wrap up this week, I'd like to share the Ten Steps to Effective Technology Staff Development

From the article, the steps include: 

  • Develop a staff development subcommittee 
  • Demonstrate how technology can be used 
  • Use a needs assessment instrument that follows the Teacher Technology Standards (ISTE) and that identifies comfort level and attitude about technology, basic technology use, and level of integration. 
  • Design individual learning plans (ILP) 
  • Identify the leaders at your site who can provide expertise. 
  • Create a list of learning opportunities with goals, objectives and outcomes. 
  • Build in time for planning and correlating standards with technology, develop activities, projects and lessons that include technology, classroom management strategies, and assessment instruments that evaluate student achievement and understanding.
  •  At staff meetings, share successes
  • Continue with ongoing planning and re-evaluating 
  • What are your key takeaways from this week?
  • Which resource resonated with you?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Kathy