do you get other teachers or staff to
commit to integrating technology into
their classroom activities?
bribes, jealousy, threats
- One of the keys to an effective staff development
plan is providing choices. Teachers need opportunities
that match their abilities and interests. However,
don't take NO for an answer. Here are the
- Do A
- Do B
- Do C
- There is no "none of the above".
- There are two types of computer users:
- Those that back up their files and
those that will one day be upset that they
- Every expert was once a beginner!
- Professional Development
- Traditional approaches to staff development and
technology have been largely ineffective. The same few
teachers seem to continue to attend all the workshops.
When large group activities are offered, teachers
often complain that it's not what they want or need at
the moment. Try some of the following ideas:
- Build Teams. Burn the fire from both
ends. Rather than a mentor program, consider groups
of 3. Cohort groups of the same grade level or
subject area work great. Match students and
teachers. Consider groups that incorporate an
administrator, library/media specialist, or other
support area person.
- Lend Support. Help teachers who are
ready to help themselves. For example, say: "I'll
post the projects, you get them to me." Or, "I'll
make the page, you send me URLs". Try, "You take
the pictures, I'll download them". Then, slowly
build their skills so they can do it on their own.
Show it, team it, then let them loose!
- Drag Them Along. Help teachers make baby
steps. Praise steps in the right direction. Help
teachers repeat projects, so they feel more and
more confidence. Think small.
Create Professional Development Plans.
Each teacher has their own interests and skills,
learning style, and teaching style. In addition,
each educator teaches different students. As a
result, they each need an idividual plan for
professional development and technology
- Also, check out Jamie
McKenzie's ideas for staff development.
- How do
you get other teachers on staff to commit
to integrating technology into their
- What would you like to learn?
- Compare this with others.
- How could you organize?