Educators have many resources they can use for professional and personal growth. Aside from technology and mentoring programs, there are other resources such as education conferences and programs that provide teachers an environment where they can engage in practical training and with other teachers.
Hardware and software technologies are being updated and developed regularly and can transform teaching styles to be applied in daily lessons. Teachers and students collaborate by using their devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops and connecting to interactive whiteboards. Teachers can achieve higher levels of productivity and efficiency by applying digital tools to their curriculums but knowing how to use these tools is key. This is where hands-on training comes in.
There are organizations and conferences that provide trainings and workshops as part of their programs, particularly for teachers that focus on STEM subjects and aim to inspire those who teach, at all levels. From the latest in software and computer graphics to art history and physics, programs exist to inspire those who teach—at all levels.
Corporations also bring together experts from within the company, developers, engineers, and the like, to provide seminars and clinics to teach and give workshop experiences to educators on the basics of their software and hardware. Educators can learn from these specialists and understand this knowledge can be applied into real-life classroom lessons.
As the educator becomes more experienced, and lessons are applied in the classroom, student engagement and retention of information can increase. Teachers can provide instant input and feedback by utilizing the hands-on experience gained from these workshops, conferences and programs.
STEM students and students in general will benefit from educators that can transform their lessons. Essential skills are developed and boosted which will help students prepare for future careers.
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