Teachers Teaching Teachers Technology: An Innovative PK-12 Professional Development Program
Mark Simpson, Sheila Bolduc-Simpson, Florida Gulf Coast University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This action research study involved the design, development, implementation and assessment of a professional development program (PDP) for the training of PK-12 educators in the use of Web 2.0 technologies for the teaching of writing in their content areas. The purpose of the study was to answer the question “Is there a PDP model that will prepare PK-12 educators to increase their proficiency in the use of technology to support their teaching and engage their digital learners?” Findings indicated that the program was effective and recommendations highlight components of an effective PDP model. These include building teachers’ confidence through incremental training sessions, offering voluntary program participation, focusing on meeting the real needs of teachers, and including multiple assessment tools. An iterative PK-12 PDP is outlined which broadens the scope and extends the reach of the Spring 2012 Technology Workshop Series.
Simpson, M. & Bolduc-Simpson, S. (2013). Teachers Teaching Teachers Technology: An Innovative PK-12 Professional Development Program. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1411-1418). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).