IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR 21st CENTURY TEACHERS
Professional development is an ongoing process allowing teachers to continue to pursue their quest of knowledge, to always continue to improve their own knowledge about content or practice. In regards to technology PD there are often too many instances of snapshots, or a focus on skill development of teachers using technology rather than the practical elements of technology integration. There needs to be more of a focus on teaching teachers on how to use the technology that is relative and user friendly for teachers to use in their classrooms at a more personal and individual needs basis.
So what is the best way to effectively deliver professional growth using technology that will have the greatest impact on student learning? Well, in my opinion, teachers are the harshest of critics. If they don't like something, they’ll tell you and this is extremely prevalent in the use of technology. So it is important to offer strategies and ideas for them to be able to change their instruction with technology to better facilitate student learning. Teacher mentoring creates a more personalised approach to learning in general, not just in technology use. Mentoring is a more time consuming process, however, if done properly has a greater impact on the learning of the teacher and more importantly the learning of the students. Below is a infographic to provide practical examples of the positives of mentoring and stages of a mentoring process from my experiences.