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I have a doctorate in

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I have a doctorate in Engineering and can claim to be a bit tech savvy. I also have kids in elementary school and have some taste for the workload that educators already face. Looking at all the education technology trends, I think it is too much to expect teachers to keep up to date with all that AND to focus on teaching. I can't help drawing parallels with the dot com era when the big companies panicked trying to play catch up to all the e-commerce buzz and completely lost focus of their core businesses. What would make more sense in schools would be to have a technology liaison or two who can connect the needs of the classrooms to what is happening in the fast evolving world of ed-tech, and maybe identify a few technolgies that will last a year or two at least and have the schools put them to good use. I will also add that it is very easy to get blinded by all the tech glitter. The "edpreneurs" and the VCs, while being experts in their fields, appear to have little feel for the real problems facing educators and usually develop products with overkill. To hear even a luminary such as Mr. Salman Khan talk, you would think that all educators are also IT specialists, database experts and some. Needless to say, my sympathies are with the teachers. Hang in there!

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Great article. One tip that

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Great article. One tip that I've learnt from being an advocate for technology in the classroom is this one: don't try to overreach. While you might be a whiz on technology, the person you are showing something to probably isn't, so keep it very basic. Allow them time to practice and repeat, before you show them more. Bite-sized chunks of technology goodness!

Community Manager at Edutopia

Kay, I like your quote. After

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Kay, I like your quote. After all, we have to give ourselves permission to be learners too.

HS Mathematics and MS/HS Pre-Engineering teacher, from South Louisiana

After being immersed in

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After being immersed in multiple weeks of various technology-rich training sessions (five weeks during the summer of 2004), I came up with a tip that kept me sane then and has served me well since. It has also been good for supporting and encouraging "low-tech" teachers who transferred into our high-tech school during the past 10 years:

"Learn what you need to know to complete required tasks first - ask your colleagues for assistance during the learning curve.. Pay attention to what you see so that you are at least aware of what's possible.. Then, when you see an opportunity to use something you've seen, ask someone to show you."

We pair up newly hired teachers with teachers who are familiar with our school's technology to provide them with a "buddy" who can help them with required tasks. Most of our teachers collaborate with one another regularly throughout the year, sharing new things we learn with one another and asking each other for help or ideas. Brainstorming sessions are so productive! :) We participate in conferences, conventions, workshops, and webinars, and then provide turn around training for those who were interested but unable to attend. (Sort of like small learning communities, but the are not forced on us from above . . . we focus on what interests us or what's related to our academic fields - the kind of learning we try to instill in our students!)

Our tech teacher (computer science, web-mastering, etc) puts out "Tech Bytes" and "Tech Bytes Lite" to provide us with tips and information about new apps or ways of using technology in and out of the classroom. We are not shy about asking our students for assistance, either! They appreciate our respect for their knowledge and ability to help us!

Principal at Legacy Academy iSchool

Learning new things...such a

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Learning new things...such a huge component for educators. I think they are often not sure about where to start or what to learn. (I believe our very own education system is to blame for that, but that is another story all together) In my opinion you need so just learn, and learn whatever you can that might inspire your class. What students need most is inspiration.

http://mrcross.org

Take Action PD Facilitating Flipped-PD from Clarksville Arkansas

I think you are both on the

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I think you are both on the right track with PD. The needs of individual teachers have to be a focus for successful PD. We have been creating a flipped-pd model for about 2 years that seems to have a lot in common with what you both describe. Asking teachers ahead of time, small groups with common goals, limiting the tech introduced, taking into account the different levels of tech usage of teachers in each group, allowing time to practice and of course follow up. It's a process, but one well worth the effort I feel. Some of our tried and true digital tools we started with are located at flipped-pd.com.

Principal at Legacy Academy iSchool

One of the success stories

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One of the success stories that I have had regarding technology professional development lately is a more individual approach. I found that working with teachers throughout the year specifically to address their needs has been very beneficial. I have seen better results that from the traditional whole group approach used by most PD groups.

http://mrcross.org

Florida

Just keep moving forward.

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Just keep moving forward. Great tips.

Communications Specialist

Don't give up. Press on,

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Don't give up. Press on, continue to learn, be willing to try new things. Definitely great reminders of the kind of attitude educators need who want to integrate technology with their teaching but still struggle to figure it out. And no matter how big the struggle, it's important for classroom tech to keep evolving to stay relevant to students' learning preferences and expectations. I recently wrote a blog post about how important the evolution of classroom technology is. http://vingapp.com/ving-edtech-blog/classroom-technology-still-evolving-...

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