One amazing example of how to train teachers on technology

One school district changed the standard in professional development; and it did so with a ‘Technology Academy.’


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Our webinars, professional development, Educator Resource Centers, and best practices feature helpful tips for educators. The following story is one specific example of how to train teachers with the latest edtech tools.…Read More

One amazing example of how to train teachers on technology

One school district changed the standard in Professional Development; and they did it with a ‘Technology Academy.’

train-teachers-academy Imagine you need to learn how to fly a jet. You’re given a link that describes how and an online video tutorial…nervous? Now imagine you’re being taught by a fighter pilot in a small class, and that class is with your peers. The course runs for weeks and includes experience from other teachers who now fly jets and were once like you. Little less nervous? Welcome to one district’s Technology Academy for teacher training.

Though it’s not a likely chance that any teachers are also pilots at Garnet Valley School District in Penn., for many teachers in schools across the country, the thought of knowing how to effectively use technology in classrooms is still an intimidating concept.

According to Paul Sanfrancesco, director of technology for the district, many teachers see technology as something that’s being pushed onto them. But once teachers learn the true value of education technology, the mindset can quickly change.…Read More

Computer exec takes this rat race down to the wire

Sure, you’ve used a mouse to do your computing. But have you tried getting wired to the internet with a rat?

Meet Judy’s Rat, a 7-inch albino rodent on a quest to wire California schools for the computer age.

“She runs. She jumps. You name it,” said Dr. Judy Reavis, a biophysician and computer executive who trained Judy’s Rat to navigate the narrow crawl spaces behind walls dragging a telephone cable by her tail. …Read More